Hatchery Production

2015 Brood Year Results

Type of SalmonNumberDate ReceivedATU'sPonding DateATU'sRelease DateATU'sSurvival From Egg to Release
Pink101,360Nov 25, 2015428Feb 18, 2016860Feb 22, 201688494.4%
Chum100,012Jan 6, 2016338Mar 23, 2016805Apr 11, 201698797.1%
Coho12,379Feb 10, 2016278Apr 15, 2016837Jun 3, 2016148193.4%

2016 Brood Year Results

Type of SalmonNumberDate ReceivedATU'sPonding DateATU'sRelease DateATU'sSurvival From Egg to Release
Chum199,892Dec 17, 2016352Mar 27, 2017721Apr 15, 201785299.1%
Coho19,803Feb 10, 2017267Apr 25, 2017731May 29,2017114399.4%

2017 Brood Year Results

Type of SalmonNumberDate ReceivedATU'sPonding DateATU'sRelease DateATU'sSurvival From Egg to Release
PinkNilNANANANANANANA
Chum106,531Jan 5, 2018356Mar 28, 2018723Apr 15, 201887898.4%
Coho20,222Feb 9, 2018253Apr 28, 2018710May 31, 2018113498.5%

Over 1,100 chum spawners returned to The Lagoon and Davies Creek throughout October and November, 2016. Most were the result of brood year 2012 chum released in the spring of 2013.

Bob Turner, whose passion for Howe Sound is only exceeded by his passion for the Bowen community, video’d and produced a fantastic film (below) which captures the excitement in the community.

November 29, 2016 – read Here comes the Coho!
– article by Tim Pardee for the Bowen Island Undercurrent


This is our “incubation” room. The eggs develop in these trays until they are ready to be transferred into the troughs.  If the water temperature averages about 10 degrees then they will be in the trays for about 45 days.

On a good year we will have about 200,000 Chum eggs and about 40,000 Coho.  When the eggs develop to where they no longer have an “egg sack” they are transferred into the hatchery troughs.

The next photographs show many thousands of healthy Chum that will be soon be released into our Bowen Creeks.