Salmon at Sliammon
by David Bedry, 10 October 2015.
Ten hardy people braved the miserable weather to see the Sliammon hatchery.
Lee George, the hatchery manager, talked to us about the returning salmon, the harvesting of eggs, rearing the fish and their final release back into the river. We also saw the rebuilt weir over the stream. Besides seeing chum salmon in the water we were treated to a mother bear and her cub.
Lee also talked about community involvement with the hatchery. There is a smoke house the community uses, as well as school groups coming and spending a day at the facility-usually the beginning of November. Water quality is also a major concern for rearing the salmon.