Archives for June 2013

Bursary Announcement 2014

Audrey Faber with her 2014 Bursary Award.

Audrey Faber with her 2014 PMES Bursary Award Certificate.

Jennifer Allott with her 2014 PMES Bursary Award Certificate.

Jennifer Allott with her 2014 PMES Bursary Award Certificate.










The Port Moody Ecological Society’s Bursary Committee is very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Bill Nicol and Richard Weldon Haley Bursaries. They are:

  • Audrey Faber – who has been one of the stalwarts of the PMES Water Quality Lab. Audrey somehow balances College, volunteering and, not least by any stretch, motherhood to another of our water-quality lab volunteers, Celine.
  • Jennifer Allott – who has, although not yet finished high-school, taken up the mantle of responsibility for invasive species removal for the local area – and further. She is also very much involved with the Vancouver Invasive Plant Council.  She does all this in addition to her studies and regular volunteering at the Noons Creek Hatchery.

With two very deserving applicants, it was the decision of the Directors that both should be recognized for their endeavors! We are lucky to have so many talented volunteers at our Noons Creek hatchery and we wish everyone well in their continued studies.

Their achievements were formally recognised and awards presented at the PMES Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on July 12th, 2014.



Yellow Fish Summer 2013 Campaign

Yellow FishThe Port Moody Ecological Society is very proud to invite all members of the Tri-Cities community to participate in our Yellow Fish drain marking campaign.

If your family or organisation is interested in marking local water drains around Port Moody, Coquitlam or Port Coquitlam, please contact us via our online form with your preferred dates and we’ll bring the kit and instructions to you for one week at no charge.

Thanks to the DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) we are able to offer the kits for free.

June 2013 Hatchery Update

All the chum have been released into the wild. The second batch was taken over to Schoolhouse South and hopefully made their way downstream.

Now that both large tubs are free of fish, we’ve filled them with… TULIPS! We still have a lot of bulbs to sell, so make sure to drop in between 9-11 AM Monday to Saturday to pick some up at $5 a bag!

Last year’s coho are still growing in the cap troughs, and the ones from the year before are swimming around in the pond outside (which we will be releasing this month). Since we harvest coho eggs from Noons Creek whenever the adults are ready, each brood year contains a discrepancy in age groups. Although the separate cohorts only differ by a number of days, the older ones grow faster.

Even though these photos have motion blur (because living fish tend to move), one is clearly larger than the other. Both are from the 2012 brood year, but the smaller fish is what we call a 'pinhead'.

These photos have motion blur (because living fish tend to move), but one coho is still clearly larger than the other. Both salmon are from the 2012 brood year.

By the time they reach the smolt stage in their life cycle, some salmon are much bigger than others. Genetics also play a role, as some fish are predisposed to be more competitive and grow faster than others. A sample we took of the pond coho resulted in weights ranging from 8.4 – 32.6 grams. The heaviest fish weighed almost four times as much as the lightest one!