The Nelson Creek Hatchery received 102,110 eyed chum eggs from the Allouette Hatchery on November 29, 2017. The chum hatched to alevin on December 31 and were ponded on March 21. They were fed for two weeks before being released on April 5 weighing 0.51 grams. For the past several years, the chum have been released to Rodgers and McDonald creeks only, but this year that was expanded to include Lawson and Eagle creeks as well.
The eyed coho eggs arrived on February 7. The cold spring resulted in the second latest hatch dates in our records, on March 29. The alevin were buttoned and ready to pond on May 2. They fed heartily before being released on June 7 at 1.10 grams. The coho were released to Eagle, Nelson, Cypress, Rodgers, McDonald, Lawson, West Brothers and Hadden creeks. Coho were not released in either Larson or Wood creeks due to toxic fish kills in those creeks. However, Wood Creek had recovered sufficiently to place the last few hundred coho in Parc Verdun.
We received 101,884 eyed chum eggs from the Allouette Hatchery on November 28, 2016. Volunteers picked dead eggs from the egg trays once a week until they hatched to alevin on January 4. The alevin were left to develop quietly until they had absorbed their yolk sack and were ready to be ponded on March 28. The tiny chum were fed daily by volunteers until they were released on April 19 to Rodgers and McDonald creeks.
Meanwhile, eyed coho eggs had been delivered on February 7. They hatched on March 22 and were ponded on April 30. June 7 the coho were released to Eagle, Nelson, Larson, Cypress, Rodgers, McDonald, Lawson, West Brothers, and Wood creeks. Neither of our long-standing classroom releases were held in 2017; Eagle Harbour school declined to participate in the afterschool release of fish to Wood Creek, and an available class could not be found for the school release to Hadden Creek at Capilano Golf Course.
On December 11, 2015 100,000 eyed chum eggs were brought to the Nelson Creek Hatchery from the Allouette Hatchery. They hatched on December 28 and were ponded to outside troughs on March 2. After a few weeks of feeding, the chum were released to Rodgers and McDonald creeks on March 23. They weighed about 0.6 grams.
Just over 30,000 eyed coho eggs were delivered on February 23 from the Capilano Hatchery. They hatched to alevin on March 21 and were ponded to troughs as fry on April 23. The bulk of the coho were released on June 8 to Eagle, Nelson, Larson, Rodgers, West Brothers, McDonald and Lawson. There were also earlier releases done with the help of school children; one to Wood Creek at Parc Verdun and one to Hadden Creek at the Capilano Golf Course.