Seymour Hatchery

Project Description

The project is located in North Vancouver, on the Seymour River, in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, immediately below the Seymour Falls Dam.

The project produces coho, chum, pink, chinook, and steelhead on site. The facilities include a hatchery building, aeration tower, water distribution system, nine rearing ponds, twelve Capilano troughs, three circular tubs, one steelhead adult holding pond, a concrete raceway, and three bulk incubators. A new building completed in 1992 houses an office, wet lab, incubation rooms, and a large education centre.

Expansions of this project have included an increased emphasis on education and volunteer components, and habitat restoration and planning. Increased participation in habitat restoration led to the project working with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Metro Vancouver to utilize this habitat in 1996.

Current Project Objectives are to:

  • Enhance coho, chum, pink, chinook, and steelhead (summer and winter run);
  • Assist other hatchery and community-based programs;
  • Restore salmon habitat in the Seymour watershed;
  • Provide volunteer opportunities to the community
  • Promote a stewardship ethic within the community;
  • Provide public education; and
  • Establish monitoring programs for adult and juvenile coho salmon and steelhead