Centennial High School Salmon Project

The Centennial High School Salmon Project has two parts: the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society, run by the high school alumni and community members, and the Fisheries Ecology Program, a Grade 12 science course offered as part of a career preparation work package. Two fisheries ecology teachers, who recognized the value of field experience in the high school curriculum, initiated the project 21 years ago. It began as a school club in which several students started a hatchery at Mossom Creek on the north shore of Port Moody. Today, the project has 75 sponsors, including the City of Port Moody, and many community volunteers. Not only has it provided a great experience for youth, it has strengthened the community and restored salmon populations to creeks which have not had any salmon for years.
The Marine Enhancement Society raises 150,000 fish every year. The fertilization, hatching and introduction of salmon species works as follows:
  • female and male fish are caught on the Indian River at the end of Indian Arm in the fall of each year
  • the eggs and sperm obtained from the fish are fertilized and incubated
  • fertilized eggs are maintained throughout the winter at a particular temperature and dead eggs are removed from the incubation tray
  • the eggs hatch in January and are kept in aluminum troughs where they are fed daily using automated feeders until the time for natural migration comes
  • during the migratory season, the fish are introduced to estuaries. Coho salmon, which spend the whole year in fresh water, are released right away into ponds and creeks while those salmon species that spend time in salt water areas are kept in sea pens for a while until they get used to salt water.
Category: Fisheries
Project: Centennial High School Salmon Project
Address: 570 Poirier Street, Coquitlam, BC V3J 6A8
Phone: (604) 936-7205
Fax: (604) 937-5933
Contact: Ruth Foster (Teacher) or Rod McVicar (Teacher)