At our Nelson Creek hatchery we incubate about 180,000 fertilized coho and chum fry eggs annually. Chum eggs are obtained from the Tenderfoot Hatchery in Squamish and coho eggs from the Capilano River Hatchery. Both hatcheries are operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. We release the fry into several West Vancouver creeks in May and June.
Volunteer members conduct all aspects of hatchery work, from harvesting spawning salmon for the eggs and milt, to daily feeding of fry and releasing fry into local creeks. All our work is conducted under the supervision of a Community Advisor with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
The hatchery was built in 1991 and we have operated it since 1997. Water for the hatchery is drawn from a dam on Nelson Creek that was once used to supply drinking water to the Horseshoe Bay area.
Read our hatchery reports