In a media release, the RCMP First Nations Police routine patrols along the bank of the Fraser River took a twist from regular investigation to river rescue in late September.
RCMP said on the afternoon of September 20, 2018 FNP officers located a sturgeon stranded in a pond of low water on the bed of the Fraser River near Wahleach Road. The officers quickly recognized the fish was in danger and could not survive in its environment.
The RCMP immediately reached out to community partners and a plan was made for the safe capture and release of the stranded fish.
Early the next morning FNP officers accompanied by biologists from the BC Ministry of Forest Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Lower Fraser River Guardians and a volunteer from the community travelled to the site. The 75 year old sturgeon -measuring 8’ in length and weighing an estimated 300 lbs – was safely captured by the team and released back into river.
“All in a day’s work – just one of the things we do,” says Sergeant Gerry Hansom of the RCMP. “Strong community ties are important. The rescue was completed with the combined efforts of a number of resources pulling together.”
To view video of the event we invite everyone to click onto sturgeon rescue.