Mossom Creek Hatchery: One Year Later


Mossom Creek Hatchery One Year Later

It was one year ago, on December 11, 2013, that fire ripped through the Mossom Creek Hatchery and Education Centre in Port Moody. The fire completely destroyed the hatchery building and contents, including over 150,000 chum, coho and pink salmon eggs. The hatchery also had to put its 37 year salmon enhancement program on hold along with a successful Salmon Club run by local Centennial High School students.

The Mossom Creek Hatchery site was established in 1976. It is recognized as the longest running community hatchery in the Salmonid Enhancement Program of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

The loss of this facility was a deep blow to many near and far. It was clear that the hatchery had to be rebuilt and that the assistance of a generous community would make this possible. Over the past year, the volunteer hatchery rebuild team has worked diligently to raise money and also assist with actual construction. The first floor is nearing completion and may be ready to receive chum eggs as early as next week. The full hatchery and education facility will be open by late spring. The innovative two storey design will accommodate new programming, as well as allow several longstanding programs to continue.

This remarkably quick rise from the ashes would not have been possible without the help of hundreds of local volunteers, donors, community groups, businesses and corporate sponsors. As a way to celebrate this one year milestone, the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society will be hosting a Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm. Visitors will be greeted with a tour of the building site and are asked to bring a donation for the local food bank.

More information about BIMES and the Mossom Creek Hatchery & Education Centre can be found at www.mossomcreek.org. If you would like to support the rebuild effort, tax-deductible donations can be made on their website.

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