City of Campbell River advances Pinks for the Pier up to $4,000

Funds come from boat ramp fees and will be used to pay back city advance

The city has stepped in and put up $4,000 to boost the pink fishery.

Each year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada releases pinks into the sea for the fishing season.

Mayor Walter Jakeway said funding for the Pinks for the Pier project typically comes from the boat ramp fees charged at the Discovery Harbour Marina and the initiative was running short on money.

“Time has run out and they need to put the pinks in the water but they’re short $4,000 so I’m recommending the city advance the funding,” Jakeway said at a council meeting Feb. 21. “The fish can’t wait.

“We do it so in August there’s fish for the city to fish off the fishing pier.”

The $4,000 will offset funds that have not yet been received from the Campbell River Indian Band, which collects the boat launching fees. The city receives $1 of every $10 collected.

Coun. Mary Storry questioned whether the money was a loan, and would come back to the city.

Jakeway said the city would be re-imbursed once the boat ramp fees are collected.

Coun. Claire Moglove said she was hesitant to approve anything that could be perceived as a loan.

“I don’t think I’ve been on council when we’ve ever given a loan and I don’t want to set a precedent,” she said. “I don’t think we’re in the loan business.”

Andy Laidlaw, city manager, explained the $4,000 would be set up as an accounts receivable in the 2012 budget. In the end, council approved the allocation of the $4,000 to support the project.

The funds will be taken from the gaming reserve.