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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  • We had the chance to watch a 3 year old pull a salmon from the pool at the bottom of the falls, and take off into the woods with his lunch  more »
  • We found the volunteers to be very helpful and educated. Easy walk along the water to view the spawning, and the bears, yes three bears very cool experience  more »
  • I was introduced to the hatchery about 7 years ago and always find time in my yearly visit to Tofino to check out what is happening there. If you are very lucky you will be honoured by a visit from th...  more »

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