The Seymour Salmonid Society is
comprised of a Board of Directors, Staff members who run the Hatchery and over
200 members and volunteers. For 20 years, the Seymour Salmonid Society has
been practicing responsible salmon stewardship. and has grown to be a respected voice for conservation of fish and habitat for the Seymour
River, and its
neighbouring North Shore streams. Our Steelhead and Coho programs help anglers to have a sustainable sport
The hatchery began in 1977 as a small salmonid enhancement facility run by
the British Columbia Institute of Technology. From 1977 to 1987 they were contracted by the Federal
government to develop and operate it as a place where students could gain
practical field experience in fish culture activities. At that time, the
operation of the hatchery was taken over by a community-based group called the
Seymour Salmonid Society. We support other groups, hatcheries and
schools with assistance in stewardship, supplying eyed
eggs and supplementations to 'salmon in the classroom'.
Another directive of the Seymour Salmonid
Society is habitat creation. Because the fish have lost
so much river to the dam, we try to create new habitat by way of
spawning channels and over-wintering water. With help from Fisheries and
Oceans Canada the society has developed an education program called 'Gently Down
the Seymour'; it has been developed with elementary school students in
mind. This very unique program combines hands-on experience with class
room research and students about stream ecology, fish and fish
habitat. This all day field trip is
offered to schools at no cost.
Healthy Salmon and Trout Stocks
Long ago salmon returned by the millions
to spawn in the local rivers of North Vancouver. In a dramatic, and
captivating spectacle this cycle of life went on for thousands of years without disruption.
Today the effects of urbanization, dams, loss of habitat, pollution and over fishing have reduced
the resource in a comparatively very short time. Today fish stocks are assisted and replenished by protecting
habitat, creating new habitat by enhancement facilities such as the Seymour River Hatchery.
The Seymour Hatchery is supported in part
by the Department of
Fisheries and Oceans Canada,
(Community Economic Development Program),
Metro Vancouver and the
Ministry of the Environment.
We also rely on financial support from our corporate sponsors and individual
members of whom we are extremely grateful.