About Us

The Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining and building salmon stocks in local waterways and facilitating public education regarding salmonid habitat and life cycles.

About Our Organization

The Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society aims to assist, encourage, and promote salmonid enhancement in the streams of the Sunshine Coast and to provide educational services to the public regarding salmonids.

The Chapman Creek Hatchery was built in the early 1980’s as a fish farming incubation and freshwater rearing facility, located approximately 1 Km upstream of the ocean on the east side of Chapman Creek in Sechelt, B.C. It produced Coho and Chinook Pacific Salmon to supply ocean net-pen rearing grow-out for the commercial markets. The ownership went into bankruptcy in the late 1980’s and the hatchery then sat idle for a few years.

In 1992 the Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society, with the help of the local community, raised $150,000 to purchased the hatchery. Since that time we have been operating this facility as a community based enhancement hatchery, enhancing 4 species of pacific salmon to help with the natural production of Chapman Creek and the surrounding area’s water ways. These days with the stringent regulations regarding transport and release of fish into different streams we only release salmon fry or smolts into Chapman creek. This is done so we do not disturb the natural salmon production numbers of the surrounding local waterways and comply with current Federal and Provincial Regulations.

The Hatchery used to rear, release, sell and stock Trout, from the mid 1990’s to 2019.

  • Cutthroat Trout were reared here for stocking into the local lakes on the Sunshine Coast, this was done in conjunction with the Provincial Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, in 2018 it was decided that the Province would take over the stocking of the lakes in our area with their own hatchery program.
  • Rainbow Trout were reared here and were for sale as U-catch. In 2019 it was decided due to a lack of water availability through the summer months coupled with the high creek water temperatures that we are not able to reliably rear these here going into the future and this program was officially shutdown.
  • Steelhead Trout were angled or trapped from the Creek, spawned, incubated, reared and then released back into Chapman Creek annually, from the mid 1990’s up to 2018, when this program was canceled by the Provincial Government Fisheries Biologists. Chapman Creek itself continues to sustain a small population of Wild Winter Run Steelhead that return yearly to spawn upstream of the Hatchery in the spring, February through May.

Pink, Chum, Chinook and Coho maximum annual allowable production numbers for the Hatchery for each species, as set by the Federal Department Of Fisheries and Oceans Biologists for release of juveniles into Chapman Creek are,

  • 250,000 Pink salmon. These are only enhanced here in the odd numbered years, their dominant adult return years (2021, 2023, 2025, 2027 etc..)
  • 90,000 Chum
  • 65,000 Chinook
  • 50,000 Coho

In 2024 we have released Pink, Coho and Chinook salmon fry into Chapman Creek. There they will then make their way out to the ocean to continue their life cycle until they return to spawn in the years ahead.

The hatchery could not operate on the scale that it does without the tremendous efforts of the community, the Chapman Creek Hatchery volunteers, and our two staff. We are always looking for new volunteers, and more information can be found here. Most of all, we could not sustain our production numbers without the on-going donations of time, gifts-in-kind, and cash from many sources such as our members, the general public, SCRD and the District of Sechelt, SC Credit Union, and many local businesses and organizations.

We would like to thank and acknowledge the following organizations for their support through grants.

  • Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society
  • 4381 Parkway Dr, Sechelt, BC V7Z 0G8
  • (604) 885-4136 Toll Free: 1 887-330-4326
  • admin@scsalmon.org
  • Office Hours: M-F, 9 AM to 3 PM, Closed Weekends and Stat Holidays. Closed for Lunch Noon to 1 PM.
  • Visitor Hours 7 Days a Week - 9 AM to 3:30 PM. Please come and see the operations.