The weather was perfect for our annual Salmon Leave Home event on May 6! Well over a thousand residents participated.
We'd like to thank everyone who came out to lend a hand and give their well wishes and good thoughts to our 5000 coho smolts who now make Hoy Creek their home. The fish will now make the creeks, or the Coquitlam or Fraser rivers their home for about a year before making it to the ocean.
A big thank you to special guests, the Kwikwetlem First Nation who provided comment during the opening ceremony and released our first fish into Hoy Creek. Thanks also to the Wild Salmon Caravan for providing entertainment and art activities. The kids loved painting the salmon van! The Pinetree Secondary School students were a great help on site, and also provided face painting.
CBC News came out to provide coverage of the event on the evening news that day.
After the event closed, the rearing pond was cleaned out in preparation for the next broodstock which will make the location their home in June. The approximately 6-month old salmon will live there until the next Salmon Leave Home event in May 2019.
We'll see you at Salmon Come Home in October!