Over 30 Years of Environmental Awareness & Stewardship
The Port Moody Ecological Society is a 100% volunteer-operated training organization whose mandate is to operate a salmon hatchery and water quality testing laboratory located on land owned by the City of Port Moody. We have been working tirelessly for over 30 years to foster a love of our environment through education and outreach in the Tri-Cities.
Throughout the year, our dedicated volunteers work with school programmes, outreach and environmental education at local festivals, and hatchery events. Each year, our volunteers donate 10,000 hours of their time operating the hatchery, conducting water quality testing in our laboratory, participating in community outreach programmes – including our own environmental festival that attracts over 60 organisation and 5,500 visitors from Metro Vancouver per year. We also conduct over 50 school programmes throughout the year.
Since 1992, our Fingerling Festival has been one of British Columbia’s fastest growing environmental festivals, attracting over 60 exhibitors / community groups and over 5,500 people of all ages to the City of Port Moody each year. We strive to create a learning experience at the hatchery and to bring relevant and fun activities to the festival each year.
Our Noons Creek salmon hatchery is a 100% volunteer operated facility – some of our volunteers work seven days a week during peak times and have been called out in the middle of the night when the alarms go off because the temperatures are too cold for the salmon. We raise Coho and Chum salmon from eggs to fingerlings (young fish) before releasing them during the Fingerling Festival each May for their four-year journey in the Pacific Ocean. The hatchery is a wonderful place for families to bring their children to learn about the cycle of life. Everyone is welcomed to come into the building for a visit, to feed the fish, and to learn about what the volunteers are doing.
Acknowledging that we are on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Stó:lō Nations.