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Thornton Creek Hatchery, Ucluelet

(4.2/5 based on 55 reviews on the web)
The Thornton Creek Hatchery harvests eggs from returning salmon as they are about to spawn in the creek, or other waterways the hatchery works in. Then they take the eggs back to the hatchery, fertilize and incubate, hatch and raise them, and then release them back into the wild.

Last spring Thornton Creek released over 500, 000 Chinook and around 600, 000 Chum. Coho is raised in holding tanks for a year and around 50,000 are released in April/May. They will continue to release salmon into particular water systems until its number of returning salmon increases to a healthy level and it is able to sustain itself. Then they move on and enhance another system.
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  • Part of our trip to Tofino had been with the intention of seeing wild bears. The Hatchery was great and very informative about the work that they do to ensure that the salmon continue to breed. While ...  more »
  • At the hatchery, they catch salmon which are about to spawn. They then take the eggs and sperm (sorry salmon) and fertilize all of the eggs (in nature, most would go to waste). They then hatch the egg...  more »
  • Went here on a rainy day missed and that was our luck when we arrived was at that time a black bear to the stream. According to one of the employees he was already days not seen mother a two little ones also came to everyone's surprise.
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