Streamkeepers Two Day Course for members – June 7 & 8, 2014

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'.

The Port Moody Ecological Society is very happy to offer a two day Streamkeepers course, presented by the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation on June 7 & 8 from 9:30am to 4:30pm. This course will be held outdoors by our Noons Creek hatchery in the Shoreline Park on Ioco Road.

Registration required – space is limited to 12 and is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. A $50 fee per person cheque is payable to the Pacific Stream Keepers Federation (PSKF) prior to the course  Please post it to the Port Moody Ecological Society, 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody BC, V3H 1S1. Mark it for the attention of Sandra Niven.

The handbook is available for $20 on the day or online at

To register or for more information, please contact Sandra Niven at

With Streamkeepers training, people gain knowledge about aquatic habitats. Everyone, from residents to land developers, foresters, farmers, and ranchers, needs to become aware of how important good watershed practices are to the long term protection of our environment. With Streamkeepers Training, participants will be able to “write a report card” on their waterway in regards to the following topics:

Introductory and Advanced Stream Habitat Survey – The mapping process helps you relate land and water use with stream health in the watershed. You will be able to identify habitats in need of protection or restoration. Documenting habitat problems, such as erosion, insufficient stream bank vegetation, pollution sources, or stream barriers, helps you choose appropriate restoration projects.

Advanced Stream Habitat Survey – This module conducts a detailed habitat assessment and will include measuring water discharge, streambed material, bank stability, stream bank vegetation, overhead canopy, and riparian zone assessments

Water Quality Survey – Water quality measurements provide basic information about your stream. You will learn to measure turbidity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and temperature.

Stream Invertebrate Survey – Invertebrates play an important role in the aquatic food chain. They eat algae, leaves, or organic debris and are food for fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and other insects in the stream ecosystem. The various kinds of invertebrates you find in your stream tell a lot about the health of your watershed.

Streamside Planting: Riparian vegetation is a very important part of a stream ecosystem. Plants stabilize stream banks, reduce erosion, and provide protective cover for fish. Trees provide shade, which helps control water temperatures. Logs fall into the stream, where they create diverse habitat and help dissipate erosion energy. Leaf litter provides an important source of food for stream organisms. Plants trap sediment and filter out pollutants before they reach the stream. They help the soil absorb precipitation and release it slowly during dry spells. The riparian area provides habitat and travel routes for birds and wildlife.

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.

Bulbs, Bulbs, Bulbs!


For the Mom that loves to garden!
Tulip and daffodil bulbs for sale at our Noons Creek hatchery for just $5 a bag thanks to the City of Port Moody. Each bag is 30″x34″ and contains approximately 20-30 bulbs – great value! We can help you get the bags to your vehicle at no extra charge. Park near the field in the rec centre’s parking lot for easy access to our hatchery.

Drop by between 9 and 11am – cash only, please.



Volunteer with us!

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Volunteer Opportunities

We really appreciate our volunteers, some of whom come to the hatchery every day and some come along when they can – once a week or once a month. We are there every Saturday from 9.00am to 11.00am and welcome  everyone to come and say hello and see what we do. We ask volunteers to become a member, for as little as $5 a year (for students).

Like fish?  Like to tinker?  We are actively seeking volunteers with experience in fixing machinery and instruments who are interested in hatchery operations.  Training provided on-the-job and hours are flexible.  You will be helping to raise the salmon and trouble shooting should the need arise.

Check out our PMES Calendar of Events for volunteers!

There are many types of jobs in our hatchery. Listed below are the most prominent ones:

  • Fingerling Festival volunteers
  • Volunteer coordinator/training coordinator
  • Photographs/35mm slides cataloguing
  • Office administration assistants
  • Assistant newsletters editors/helpers
  • Archivist/librarian
  • Newsletter reporters/helpers
  • Web Developers/maintainers
  • Fish Habitat restoration coordinator
  • Fish Habitat builders
  • Water Quality Data entry assistants
  • Water quality samplers/monitors
  • Communications/marketing/advertising/promotion assistants
  • Community outreach assistants
    • Hatchery helpers
    • Watersheds/streamkeeper coordinator
    • Tour leaders
    • Cleaner-outers and cleaner-uppers
    • Hatchery site maintainers
    • Schools program assistants/understudies
    • Fundraising

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Fingerling Festival – May 3, 2014

Mark your calendars !  Our 23rd annual Fingerling Festival will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at our Noons Creek Hatchery, located beside the Port Moody Recreation Centre.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for further information:!/

Bennie’s Interpretive Trail

The interpretive trail loop is opening in Spring 2013 and is the culmination of two months of hard work by Dave Bennie, Brian Wormald and several other volunteers.  Teaming up with TD Tree Days and the Evergreen Foundation, approximately $2,000 worth of native trees and shrubs were planted around the hatchery and along the trail.  The trail is named after Dave Bennie and his father, Doug Bennie, both of whom loved the hatchery and volunteered countless hours ensuring its success.

PMES volunteers felt it would add more value if the planting and trail could be incorporated with a ‘tree identification plan’.  For this to happen, the public would need to be able to get into the forest to appreciate them.  So, under the direction of Dave Bennie, several short trails were planned to navigate the forest that surrounds the hatchery building.

After the planting, several footbridges over the beautiful small waterways were created using recycled materials and mulch was donated for use on the trail.  Metal plates are attached to trees containing the plant’s common name, scientific name and photo.  This is not only for the general public’s benefit but is now an adjunct to the PMES school programmes.