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Salmon Left Home Thanks to Many Volunteers

Salmon Leave Home 2019 at Hoy Creek Hatchery - Left to right: Pinetree student, Lucas; Elder Beverly and Chief Ed Hall of  Kwikwetlem First Nation . (Photo: HSWS)

Salmon Leave Home 2019 at Hoy Creek Hatchery - Left to right: Pinetree student, Lucas; Elder Beverly and Chief Ed Hall of Kwikwetlem First Nation. (Photo: HSWS)

Mother's Day was extra special this year as we released our coho smolts during an idyllic temperature day on May 12 at the Hoy Creek Hatchery.

Hundreds came out to take part in our Salmon Leave Home event, where 5000 coho smolts found their new home in Hoy Creek. From the creek, the smolts begin their journey to the ocean: Hoy Creek → Scott Creek → Coquitlam River → Fraser River → Strait of Georgia / Pacific Ocean!  

A student volunteer guides a boy in releasing a coho smolt at Salmon Leave Home

A student volunteer guides a boy in releasing a coho smolt at Salmon Leave Home

The student volunteers of the Pinetree Secondary School Community Club, and our own HSWS student volunteers played a huge part in the success of the event. They helped members hand out buckets of fish, kept the crowds directed to salmon release areas, assisted in safe salmon release, and led Mother’s Day themed plant crafts, as well as provided face-painting throughout the day. Thank you!

Honoured guests, Chief Ed Hall and Elder Beverly of Kwikwetlem First Nation were on hand for opening words and to release our first fish.

Thanks to all that took part in making this day special. Be sure to save the date, and join us in the fall for Salmon Come Home on October 20.

See more photos on our Facebook album.

Salmon Leave Home 2019 at Hoy Creek Hatchery -- THANK YOU Student Volunteers!

Salmon Leave Home 2019 at Hoy Creek Hatchery -- THANK YOU Student Volunteers!

HSWS featured in Tri-City News 'Saving our Salmon' (SOS) series

Thank you for your support, Tri-City News!

The Hoy-Scott Watershed Society was quoted in the The Tri-City News on November 16th, 2016, along with other stewardship groups, on how we can all do our part in protecting wild salmon.

"Get to know your watershed. Salmon and their habitat can’t protect themselves - we need to care and advocate for both. Visit a stream, talk to your local stewardship group, and view the fish and habitat. Understand the issues. Monitor and report suspicious activity." - HSWS

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We were also featured on November 19th through a site visit by reporter Sarah Payne. Both HSWS president, Robbin Whachell, and vice president and hatchery manager, Rodney Lee were interviewed for the article.

Hoy-Scott Watershed Society Conducts Successful Monthly Open Houses

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[UPDATED: NEW TIMES as of Oct. 2017 is 10 to 11:30 a.m.]

While our volunteers are always open to visits and questions from the public when working at the hatchery or in the riparian area, this year we conducted monthly open houses on the first Saturday of each month. This allows potential volunteers, and the public, a time to learn more about our work, and tour our facility. 

Open houses will not run during the summer (July, August), but will return on Saturday, September 3rd, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm.

You can reach us at hoyscottwatershed@gmail.com to request a tour. Please note that tours are dependent on volunteer availability.

Record attendance at our Salmon Leave Home event

Honourary guests from Kwikwetlem First Nation, Ed Hall, Councillor and elder Beverley Mrockowski speak at the opening of Salmon Leave Home on May 1st (Photo: Robbin Whachell / HSWS)

On a beautiful spring day, May 1st,  the Hoy-Scott Watershed Society (HSWS) held our annual Salmon Leave Home event at the Hoy Creek Hatchery in Coquitlam with record attendance. Our lineups to collect fish in our rearing pond went past the hatchery building at peek times of the day, and we had to open up a second release point on the creek to keep things flowing.  

Honourary guests were Kwikwetlem First Nation councillor Ed Hall, and elder Beverley Mrockowski who both spoke at a brief opening ceremony, and then released the first coho smolts into Hoy Creek.

"Kwikwetlem means 'red fish up the river'," said Ed Hall who spoke of his elders sharing stories of when the local creeks and rivers were teaming with salmon.  "It's a rare opportunity to see fish leave their local habitat and return."

It was an extra-special day as HSWS honoured one of our own, as Len Meneghello, who recently retired was celebrated after giving 12 years of service to the Society.

Kwikwetlem councillor, Ed Hall releases some of the first salmon on May 1st at Hoy Creek during Salmon Leave Home.

Kwikwetlem councillor, Ed Hall releases some of the first salmon on May 1st at Hoy Creek during Salmon Leave Home.

The Society was pleased to welcome a group of Coquitlam's newest Syrian immigrant children attending with Coquitlam mayor Richard Stewart, and councillor Teri Towner. They participated in the salmon release and learned how to build bird boxes and bee houses.  

Councillor Teri Towner (back left), new immigrant Mohammed Kurdi (back middle) and Coquitlam mayor Richard Stewart (back right) attended with newly settled Syrian immigrant children. (Photo: Robbin Whachell / HSWS)

The society wishes to thank the community for their interest and support.  Special thanks goes out to Kwikwetlem First Nation, CKPM 98.7 Tri-City Radio; Pinetree Secondary School, Sustainable Youth Canada, Coquitlam Farmer's Market Society, and Rocky Point Ice Cream.

ALL of our photos from the event can be viewed on our Facebook page.

Hoy-Scott Watershed Society, is a not-for-profit, volunteer run environmental stewardship group, that conducts a year-round salmon enhancement program in partnership with the City of Coquitlam, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. They are actively involved in watershed restoration, public awareness, education and preservation.  If you would like to become a volunteer, please let us know HERE.

Listen to councillor Ed Hall speak at the opening ceremony.

 

A great time was had by all!  Thanks to all our amazing volunteers!

HSWS fish trap area to close for the season

With salmon returns now over, this past weekend, HSWS volunteers dug out sediment around the fish trap box and tubing in preparation for removal from Hoy Creek by the Department of Fisheries.  This area is not accessible to the public.

The fencing area to the left, which directs fish into the tube, was also dismantled for storage.

The trap set will remain on land until fall 2016.  Read more about the trap area HERE.

 

 

 

Hoy-Scott Watershed Society attends Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

Society volunteers, Malcolm, Nathen and Kyle provided information about our efforts to attendees of the Salmon Festival in Port Coquitlam

Society volunteers, Malcolm, Nathen and Kyle provided information about our efforts to attendees of the Salmon Festival in Port Coquitlam

Hoy-Scott Watershed Society volunteers participated in the annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival once again on November 15th.   The festival is held at the Hyde Creek Community Center and provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to visit the local Hyde Creek Hatchery, view the creek itself, and learn about many aspects of the environment through the myriad of community groups that participate each year.

Left to right: Kyle, Mia, Coquitlam mayor Richard Stewart, and Dulce

Left to right: Kyle, Mia, Coquitlam mayor Richard Stewart, and Dulce

 

Thanks goes out to our Society volunteers, Dulce, Kyle, Mia, Malcolm, Nathen and Robbin who helped man our booth at the event.  See MORE photos here on our Facebook album.

Scott and Maurice from the Department of Fisheries show live coho salmon and answer questions

Scott and Maurice from the Department of Fisheries show live coho salmon and answer questions

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