Here is the story and videos of how at Tynehead Hatchery we raise the coho from the egg to when local school and our volunteers release these fish into the river to start their long journey. Few will return but their life story is fasinating.
After catching the spawning fish in our trap on the Serpentine River, we store the fertilized eggs in trays in the hatchery main building and watch and care for them. We control the water temperature and flow. Check for dead eggs and through the bad eggs out.
Our Coho babies have almost all hatched to the Alevin stage. Those are yolk sacs on their tummies-food for the next month. As this yolk sac gets absorbed, they will slowly turn into a fry salmon. At this point these babes would still be in their “redd” in the river
Small but mighty Coho fry in our Hatchery. Feeding well and looking
Chinook Salmon fry at the Hatchery ready for release back into the river.
Slowly releasing our Coho fry back into their home of the Serpentine River. All healthy and some already taking bugs off the surface of the water!
50,000 Coho smolts. Returned to the Serpentine River. Smolts are just over a year old and will head directly to the ocean. Inch creek takes a portion of our Coho eggs and raise them to smolt stage for us. Usually we disperse these babies throughout the Serpentine rivershed and only a portion are released at the Tynehead hatchery- primarily at our annual salmon send off. Unfortunately, COVID changed that this year. So see how many you can count in this footage!