Updated October 2, 2013
During the past year the Chapman Creek Hatchery has undergone some major improvements including:
- New roofing on the main building, incubation building and storage buildings.
- The trail system has been improved, which makes for easer accesses for all ages to view the creek and spawning salmon.
- The driveway has been improved with a thick topping of recycled black top making it more user friendly.
- An outbuilding to support the operation of the micro hydro turbine project was erected and the turbines are in place.
- A revised self-guided tour map and information signs have been placed around the hatchery and is most helpful.
These are some, but not all, of the improvements that have been made over the year and we look forward to the future.
Currently, our fish returns have been excellent with thousands of Pinks returning to Chapman Creek. Coho have also started to return in large numbers.
In terms of numbers of fish onsite, we have approximately 120,000 Coho fry weighing between 3.5g to 5.5g. These fish will soon be graded and fin clipping will begin shortly. These fish will be released in the spring of 2014.
We have approximately 3,923 Cutthroat trout; some of which will be released this fall in to Trout Lake, Hotel Lake and Crowston Lake. The others will be released in 2014.
5000 Steelhead weighing an average of 3g and are very healthy. (One of the parents of these fish was an impressive 19lbs.)
We have over 7000 Rainbow trout on site, over 2000 of them are ready for sale, so spread the word: “Chapman Creek Hatchery has fresh Rainbow trout for sale; $3.00 members / $3.50 non-members.”
We have been harvesting Pink salmon eggs and currently have an estimated 82,400 eggs in incubation.
Soon we will be transporting 200,000 Pink eggs from Quinsam Hatchery; these fish will be released into Chapman Creek in the winter of 2013. Also another 100,000 Pink eggs will come from the Tenderfoot Hatchery and these fish will go into a net pen in Gibsons Harbour.
Shortly we will be making arrangements to get 60,000 Chinook eggs from Powell River, these fish will be transported and raised at the Port Melon facility, and to be released in the spring of 2014.
Coho returns have been very impressive so far; recently, within 2 days alone we have had 200 nice looking fish come into the trap. If anyone would like to purchase fish please call and make arrangements ahead of time. $2.50/LB. members /$3.00 non-members.
Looking forward, Chapman Creek Hatchery will continue to raise and release healthy fish as we have in the past and continue to improve hatchery grounds. Some of the projects that we are working on include an upgraded well system with the help of the Sunshine Coast Rotary clubs and Chatelech Secondary Interact Program. A fish ladder from the fish trap to a large circular tank, if this project is feasible it will improve the well-being of salmon, staff and volunteers.
Last but definitely not least, multiple “Thank you’s” to all the Volunteers. The hatchery could not run like it has without you. We’ve had a lot of new faces at the hatchery and although some long term volunteers have moved on to other things, the hard work of every one is clearly visible when you walk around the hatchery and then down to the creek where returning salmon can be seen. Again thanks to the Board of Directors for all their visible effort and behind the scenes work.
Thank you to Bob and Meri Anstead for everything you have taught me and your guidance in fish culture over the years.
Hatchery Operations Manager,