Smolts finally released into Inlet

Omega Pacific Hatchery releases 65,000 Chinook smolts, 20 kilometres down Alberni Inlet.

Smolts finally released into Inlet.

Smolts finally released into Inlet.

Omega Pacific Hatchery co-owner Carol Schmitt finally got her wish.

Last Thursday afternoon, on the side of a dusty logging road about 20 kilometres down Alberni Inlet, Schmitt and a small handful of volunteers released 65,000 Chinook smolts that were raised at Omega for the past year and a half.

“This is a treat,” said Jake Leyenaar, from the Alberni Valley Enhancement Association. He praised Schmitt for “thinking outside the box” when it came to rebuilding salmon stocks.