Thornton Creek Hatchery, Ucluelet

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The Thornton Creek Hatchery harvests eggs from returning salmon as they are about to spawn in the creek, or other waterways the hatchery works in. Then they take the eggs back to the hatchery, fertilize and incubate, hatch and raise them, and then release them back into the wild.

Last spring Thornton Creek released over 500, 000 Chinook and around 600, 000 Chum. Coho is raised in holding tanks for a year and around 50,000 are released in April/May. They will continue to release salmon into particular water systems until its number of returning salmon increases to a healthy level and it is able to sustain itself. Then they move on and enhance another system.
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  • Stopped off here after a recommendation on a boat trip that this was a great place to see bears. Very well sign posted from the main town , but only a very small car park so at busy times like at...  more »
  • We were on a road trip and staying in Ucluelet during the salmon run season. Visited following several recommendations and we arrived at 10am just as it was opening. There was excitement as volunteer....  more »
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