Chapman Creek Hatchery Needs Your Donation To Enhance Salmon Stocks.
2023 marks our 36th year of salmon enhancement operations on Chapman Creek in Sechelt British Columbia. You can help save salmon.
Our current yearly salmon production numbers here at the hatchery for each species is up to, 50,000 Coho, 70,000 Chinook, 90,000 Chum and 250,000 Pink salmon, Pink’s are only enhanced here in the odd numbered years, 2021, 2023 etc.. These numbers are the maximum we produce in a given year for release into Chapman creek to supplement the wild salmon population the creek produces. Typically Pink and Chum salmon migrate to the ocean as fry shortly after leaving the incubation stage in the early spring. Chinook migrate out to the ocean 2 to 4 months after incubation, in the late spring. The Coho stay for a whole year before they migrate to the ocean. The incubation stage for all species is from 4 to 6 months depending on water temperatures, early fall to late spring.
Every little bit helps us here at the hatchery. Public involvement programs such as ours validate that salmon that are released return year upon year. The birds and the bears benefit, tourism benefits and all communities benefit from first nations harvest to sport fishing opportunities.
One full time and one part time staff and 25 volunteers whose average age of 70+ work tirelessly to enhance salmon, provide tours and maintain our operations for the benefit of all to enjoy.
This spring, 2023, we will be releasing approximately 28,000 chum salmon fry, 39,000 Coho smolts and 66,000 Chinook smolts 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.
Proceeds from Membership fees and donations are a very important source of operating revenue for the Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society. Funds are allocated to the operations of Chapman Creek Hatchery, our education programs, summer camps, improvements to our facility grounds and infrastructure, and the health & maintenance of the fish. Your Support is desperately needed. From only $20.00 per year for a single Membership you too can help enhance our Salmon populations.
All donations are eligible for tax receipts.
HELP US HELP THE FISH WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR DONATION ONLINE THROUGH PAYPAL:
$20 Individual Membership
$35 FAMILY MEMBERSHIP
$100 CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP
Any amount is a welcome one – a large part of our funding comes from people just like you.