The Tynehead Hatchery Is CLOSED To The Public
Due to the Covid-19 virus
Please be careful, wash your hands and stay safe!
What is Happening around the Hatchery?
Our volunteers come with a variety of skill! Wayne is an artist. Scott, another volunteer, provided Wayne with this old saw. As you look at the painting on the saw you can follow the salmon life cycle. We look forward to the day when we can let you in to see this piece of art in personClick here to enter
I find it just remarkable how hard our volunteers work and what wonderful work they do! Just look at this deck! Don't you wish you could have it in your back yard?Click here to enter
This small carp was found in one of our fish ponds which means that it found its way into the Serpentine River by being released into the river. Please remind all you know not to be releasing any type of fish into urban rivers. Invasive species multiply and take over the natural inhabitants. We all want to keep our Salmon.Click here to enter
There's not many times you will see full grown men and women (many of them seniors!) playing in the mud! With the Help from Our Community Partners our volunteers were turned into kids again this spring! All thanks to Major Project at Tynehead Hatchery that was Accomplished this spring.
Part of caring and raising salmon is ensuring a healthy habitat for them to live in. The Tynehead ponds had gathered a large amount of organic debris that was needed to be removed to allow a healthy, livable environment for our fish.
A big THANK YOU to the following in this two-week project that removed 190 cu loads of organic matter (far more than we had estimated)Click here to enter
What is happening at the Hatchery you ask! Thousands of births! People checking the eggs, the fry, the water temperature, water flow and what seems like a thousand other checks, to ensure these fish have the very best chance of making it in the wild and return to us in years to come.Click here to enter
History of the Hatchery
The SES was established in the early ’80s when young scientist Clare Backman was studying at SFU. Backman had a dream to rehabilitate the Serpentine’s salmon run. With brood stock captured from a nearby farmer’s creek, he taught others the necessary skills to raise salmon. After securing a land lease agreement with Greater Vancouver Regional Parks, the Tynehead Hatchery was built in 1988 by an extremely dedicated group of volunteers. Some of these volunteers remortgaged their homes to fund the construction. The completed project included a fish hatchery, classroom, and research station.
During the right season, you might be able to see any of the following, which the hatchery raises and releases:
- Chinook Salmon
Occasionally, you might see some trout varieties in the river.
Want to Volunteer?
Interested in learning and teaching others the importance of restoring and maintaining our Pacific Salmon population? Want to gain some valuable hands-on experience to pursue a career in the ecological field? Volunteer at the Tynehead Hatchery!
Want to see what the fish are doing?
Need Brochures and other help?