The cycle of life continues as volunteers with the Hoy-Scott Watershed Society prepare for their Salmon Leave Home event in Coquitlam on Sunday, May 12.
That’s when the public is invited to help release coho smolts into Hoy Creek.
The smolts are approximately 17 months old and can range in length from four to eight inches. Since their incubation, they have been living in a freshwater stream environment at Hoy Creek Hatchery.
At the weekend 'rain or shine' event, volunteers will net and bucket the fish from the rearing pond, and children of all ages will carry the buckets a short distance to the creek in designated areas to release the salmon.
From the creek, the smolts begin their journey to the ocean via Hoy and Scott Creek, Coquitlam River, Fraser River, Strait of Georgia and, finally, the Pacific Ocean.
This free family event starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. There will also be other educational activities.