Noons Creek salmon hatchery is a 100% volunteer operated facility. 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 and everyone is welcomed to come into the building for a visit, to feed the fish, and to learn about what the volunteers are doing.
The streams of this area once teemed with salmon and trout. Middens left by First Nations communities at the mouth of Noons Creek suggest that this sheltered area was once a favourite fishing ground.
The loss of the original salmon runs here reflects the decline of salmon stocks on countless similar small creeks along the entire Pacific coast, largely caused by habitat degradation and urbanization.
By working to enhance salmonid stocks and protecting riparian habitat, we also help many other species. The population of harbour seals in the Inlet increases each fall as salmon return to spawn, as well as otter, minx, bears, bald eagles, coyotes, bobcats, American dippers, ospreys, great blue herons, to list a few. We often see these animals throughout the year near the hatchery and throughout the park.
The parkland the hatchery is located on is leased from the City of Port Moody.