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Thornton Creek Hatchery, Ucluelet
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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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  • The landscape in Ucluelet is gorgeous and the Thornton Creek is an example of this: lonely located with beautiful view,!
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  • Here is meaningful work obtaining done for the biodiversity and also you have the opportunity to observe wild bears in search of food. The to the part voluntary workers are very friendly and like to inform their work. We were about an hour there and could a bear MOM and two young watch how they tried to catch fish. Just great!
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  • It may have been closed but we saw enough to enjoy the visit. We will come back when it is open.We have heard it from the locals that the staff is very informative about how the hatchery works. We nee...  more »