A new metal fishing dock has been successfully installed in Elk /Beaver Lake Regional Park in Saanich, which is welcome news for local anglers. BCWF member club Victoria Golden Rods and Reels led a successful fund-raising drive in collaboration with World Fisheries Trust and the Rotary Club of Saanich.
Funds for the dock were provided by the Capital Regional District ($125,000), the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada ($109,000), Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC ($25,000), and the Rotary Club of Saanich ($1,000).
The federal contribution was confirmed in November by International Development Minister Harjit S. Sajjan.
Mick Collins, conservation director of Victoria Golden Rods and Reels., explains that the new dock is one of a series of investments by CRD and senior governments to improve the recreational environment in the park. It is complemented by an oxygen diffusion line that will support the aquatic ecosystem.
The diffusion line will deliver oxygen to the deepest parts of Elk Lake to address a nutrient imbalance, growth of invasive weeds, and toxic algae blooms, making conditions on the lake better for fish and anglers alike. Funding for the diffusion line was supported by the CRD and the Province.
Elk/Beaver Lake is the most heavily fished lake on Vancouver Island. The lake is stocked with 18,000 rainbow trout each year by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.
The new metal dock replaces the original 1996 wooden structure. Enhanced accessibility features were included in a design package based on consultations with park users and accessibility specialists prepared by Dirk Mitchell, an avid angler.
The design package and community support were important components in the application to Pacific Economic Development Canada by World Fisheries Trust on behalf of the partner organizations, said Collins.
Jenkins Marine Ltd. manufactured and installed the dock. Its metal construction was selected for maintenance and longevity.
This successful fund-raising collaboration between CRD Parks and non-governmental organizations is a good example of successes that can be achieved by government at all levels working collectively with not-for-profit organizations, Collins added.