2013 Fingerling Review – May 2013

Thank you to everyone who came out to release salmon while enjoying the sunshine and exhibits at our Fingerling Festival!

After being blessed by the Katzie First Nations and placed into buckets by our hard-working volunteers, nearly 40,000 chum salmon were carried down to Noons Creek in our youngster-powered bucket brigade for release.

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Thanks to all of our volunteers who handed out buckets and supervised children tipping them into the creek as well. We couldn’t have done it without you!

First Nations blessing of the salmon - FF2013

Some kids enjoyed watching their fingerlings swim off so much they returned several times to transfer more bucketfuls to Noons Creek. From there the little swimmers grouped into schools and started heading off to the ocean.

Child releasing salmon - FF2013                                   Fingerlings in Noons Creek

Most fingerlings have moved downriver by now, and will reside in the estuary while they switch their scales to smolt colouration. Once they become more silvery and adapt their camouflage to the ocean rather than the stream, they will swim out to the great big blue to grow. Hatcheries increase the survival rate of eggs, but once the fish are out in the open they are prone to predation by humans as well as birds, bigger fish, and marine mammals. As a result, approximately five percent of  the fish released will reach maturity, and around three percent will return to spawn in 3-5 years. See you later, chums!

Special thanks to all of our friends and supporters, including our Presenting Sponsors, the City of Port Moody, PCT and Port Metro Vancouver.

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