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Bob Anstead has managed the Chapman Creek Hatchery for the Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society since its inception in 1993, and his name is synonymous with the word salmon for anyone even remotely connected to the marine ecology of the Sunshine Coast.
For more than 20 years, Bob has carefully stewarded the salmon, trout, and steelhead populations in Chapman Creek, as well as supplementing the Sechelt Inlet runs and stocking area lakes with Cutthroat. He has trained countless dedicated volunteers.
In his off hours, Bob runs ‘Bob’s Fishing Barn’ in Roberts Creek. His well-stocked shop has been the go-to destination for fishing and harvesting gear of all kinds, most of which is picked up on winter road trips with his wife, Meri. He has been known for his willingness to share fishing advice and local area knowledge generously and with a sincere interest in helping new anglers pick up the skills and experience to fish successfully both in the ocean just outside Mission Point, and in Chapman Creek itself.
In recognition of Bob’s priceless contribution to salmonid enhancement activities we held a going-away BBQ for him at the hatchery on August 15. Over 60 people attended. Bob’s last official day of work at the Hatchery is August 28th.
Congratulations to both of you from all of us in the Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement community, and thank you so much for your leadership and tireless commitment to sustainability of our coastal salmonid populations.