The Oak Orchard pen-rearing project began in 1998 to help enhance fishing success from this long-standing prestigious port on Lake Ontario. Once started, the program was soon assessed by the DEC for success. Through their survey process it was determined that survival of pen reared fish as compared to the direct stocking process was improved by 4-1. Also this process improves the homing instinct of these fish to return to the Oak Orchard River.
This year's project has already begun with the construction of the net pens at Lake Breeze Marina on Saturday, April 3rd. Some time next week (week of April 18th) we will be receiving 105,000 Chinook salmon fingerlings and 14,000 Steelhead yearlings delivered to Lake Breeze Marina to be placed in these pens for our care. The process will take between 3-4 weeks to complete in which time we will be feeding the fish 4-5 times a day and cleaning the pens 2 times a week, helping the fish to grow and imprint on the Oak Orchard River. What we do this year and next will help secure the success of the Oak Orchard area for the near future and beyond.
If you are interested in helping with this project, the most important task is fish feeding. Please contact Lake Breeze Marina after April 19th at 682-3995 to sign up to help.
~Robert Songin, Pen Rearing Chairman
Update (4/16/10): We will be receiving 105,000 Salmon fingerling and 14,000 Steelhead yearlings this coming Monday the 19th of April at 12:30PM at Lake Breeze Marina. If you have never seen this before come by and give us a hand. Also at that time anyone interested in feeding fish over the next few weeks can signup at the Lake Breeze office to take a time. It is easy to do and only takes 5 min.