Thank you to everyone who came out to release salmon while enjoying the sunshine and exhibits at our Fingerling Festival!
After being blessed by the Katzie First Nations and placed into buckets by our hard-working volunteers, nearly 40,000 chum salmon were carried down to Noons Creek in our youngster-powered bucket brigade for release.
Most fingerlings have moved downriver by now, and will reside in the estuary while they switch their scales to smolt colouration. Once they become more silvery and adapt their camouflage to the ocean rather than the stream, they will swim out to the great big blue to grow. Hatcheries increase the survival rate of eggs, but once the fish are out in the open they are prone to predation by humans as well as birds, bigger fish, and marine mammals. As a result, approximately five percent of the fish released will reach maturity, and around three percent will return to spawn in 3-5 years. See you later, chums!
Special thanks to all of our friends and supporters, including our Presenting Sponsors, the City of Port Moody, PCT and Port Metro Vancouver.