Hoping that this finds you well both in body and spirit.
The directors realize that the COVID-19 virus has affected all our lives. How we have had to operate in our daily lives has changed and a lot of those changes will be in place for some time to come. COVID has also affected how we need to operate at the Hatchery. Thus this document that you find attached to this e-mail.
Due to the virus, the directors have put this document in place for the Hatchery. The purpose to provide us all with the guidelines on how we can keep each other safe if we need to be at the hatchery.
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.
We would usually be having our local school groups releasing their young Coho salmon with all their students who were involved in raising Tynehead Hatchery Coho eggs to the fry stage. Thanks to the help of our volunteers, teachers are bringing their salmon babies to be released back into the Serpentine River. A BIG thank you to all the students and their teachers who have done a wonderful job in raising these salmon. We miss the students but look forward to seeing all next year!
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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
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!
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.