Fish in Schools (FinS)


ONA’s Fish in Schools program is one of the key fish education programs for youth in the region, particularly the Sockeye salmon, so that students may become future advocates for both salmon and their habitat.

Since 2003 Okanagan Nation Alliance’s FinS (Fish in Schools, previously S2S-Stream to Sea) in-class program has been educating regional students and teachers about the salmon lifecycle and the importance of their ecosystem so that they may become future advocates for both salmon and their habitat. FinS supplies the necessary equipment and support needed for students to raise from egg to fry stage. ONA provides a 29 Gallon tank with cover, stand/cart, aquarium chiller, and start up supplies; gravel, filters, filter replacements, siphon, insulated cover, thermometer, water conditioners as well as the salmon spawn.

Beginning in mid-January, ONA staff delivered the fertilized eggs to the participating schools and explain the lifecycle and habitat requirements to the students. We also explain the external physical attributes of both male and female Sockeye and answer any questions. Once the eggs have hatched, and buttoned up, the fry will be fed daily until ready for release. During incubation and rearing, the tank will be monitored to ensure that water and temperatures are within the healthy limits for raising sockeye.

VIDEO: cewelna Leon Louis Praying for Sockeye Fry Release

2023 Participating Schools

Okanagan Subbasin
Casorso Elementary
Dorothea Walker Elementary
Enowkin Centre
Outma Sqilxw
PIB Health Centre
West Bench Elementary
Queens Park Elementary
KVR Middle School
Columbia Elementary
Wiltse Elementary
Penticton K-12 Excel
OK Falls Elementary
Tuc-el-nuit Elementary
Senpokchin Elementary
Oliver Elementary
Southern Okanagan Secondary School
Osoyoos Elementary
Osoyoos Secondary
Ntamqen School
Cawston Primary
Similkameen Elementary Secondary School
John Allison Elementary

Upper Columbia
Hutton Elementary
Christina Lake Elementary
South Nelson Elementary
Hume Elementary
LV Rogers Secondary
Mount Sentinel Secondary
Ecole des Sentiers-Alpins
Twin Rivers Elementary
Kinnaird Elementary
Glenmerry Elementary
Rossland Summit School
St. Michael’s Catholic School
Perley Elementary
Greenwood Elementary
WE Graham (Slocan)
Brent Kennedy Elementary
JL Crowe Secondary
Webster Elementary
Robson Community School
Fruitvale Elementary
Burton Elementary
Nakusp Elementary
Lucerne Elementary
Edgewood Elementary
Ecole des Sept-Sommets
Big White Community School
Christina Lake Stewardship Society

When the sockeye fry are ready, they will be transferred to the Penticton Channel where they will be released with the rest of the Hatchery fry at the Annual ONA Sockeye Fry Release.

Event Date:
January-May Annually

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