Thornton Creek Hatchery, Ucluelet

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#2 of 7 in Parks in Barkley Sound
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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  • July 3, 2017
    We go down there everytime we're in uculete. The guys that work there are great they tell u about there job of hatching eggs for the release of fish and also there are bears in the late summer there e...  more »
  • June 22, 2017
    Interesting to see the work they are doing raising salmon fry. Very quiet and serene. 15 minutes from town.  more »
  • May 18, 2017
    We were too early (or late?) in the season to see the salmon runs/ bears, but one of the staff kindly came out to greet us at the gate and offered to show us around. So we got our own private mini tou...  more »

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