Port Coquitlam hatchery set for salmon release
On Saturday, April 26, children and families can be stream stewards for a day as they take part in the release of thousands of salmon smolts into Hyde Creek in Port Coquitlam.
For the past 18 months, Hyde Creek Watershed Society members have been raising these coho from eggs through to the fry and smolt stage. Now, the tiny fish are ready to travel to the ocean.
Participants in the release will be asked to help the salmon on their journey by carrying dozens of them in a bucket from the hatchery to the creek. The event will also be a chance to learn more about salmon, their importance to the ecosystem and their life cycle. There will be tours of the education centre, exhibits and a fundraising hot dog barbecue.
The eighth annual event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hyde Creek Education Centre and Hatchery, 3636 Coast Meridian Rd. Parking will be available at Hyde Creek rec centre on Laurier Avenue, a short walk west along the Traboulay PoCo Trail to the hatchery.
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