To Save a salmon run
This article is from the July 1971 edition of Western Fish and Wildlife magazine. It details the efforts by Freeman King, Howard English and others to convince Victoria residents to conserve water so that there was enough for the water board to release water into the Goldstream River to save the salmon run during a particularly dry year. Freeman King was a local naturalist after whom the nature house in Goldstream Park was named, as well as the Francis/King Regional Park (Thomas Francis/Freeman King). Howard English is the namesake of our beloved hatchery. For more history about Freeman King and our regional parks click here. More than 50 years later, we still use water released from the CRD regional water supply to control the water flow for salmon spawning in the Goldstream River.
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coho return in shawnigan creek
CTV did a feature about the coho return in Shawnigan Creek and the extraordinary challenges in keeping this return healthy and robust. The coho run in Shawnigan Creek was started with fish from Goldstream years ago, but are now used to supplement the Goldstream run when returns are low.
goldstream fish counting
CTV did a news item during the fall spawning run in Goldstream starring Ben, Wendy and Marion and highlighting their efforts to count the returning salmon.
Goldstream Hatchery was featured in the fall newsletter of the Fish Culture Section of the American Fisheries Society. Unlike US hatcheries staffed and managed by government entities, BC hatcheries are an example of how salmon enhancement can be successful through community involvement and a team of volunteers. Peter McCully gives a concise history and overview of Goldstream Hatchery in this informative article.
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Salmon Enhancement Program Video
This video was created to showcase the work that the members of the Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association (GVSEA) at the Goldstream Hatchery in Victoria, BC, Canada do to support the conservation and recovery of Pacific salmon.
Thank you to our Friday crew volunteer Aneisha for your efforts and this great video!
"Peter is a fish biologist and a long time volunteer for the Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association. He also had a career with the Canadian Armed Forces before he completed his university training! Peter acts as a technical advisor for the Goldstream salmonid program and for many community groups involved with salmon enhancement! Join Peter as he chat with us about what's involved in restoring, educating and protecting our local salmon. Thank you to the NSERC and Chris Spencer Foundation for sponsoring and supporting our educational series.
Seaquaria Ocean Education is an initiative of World Fisheries Trust, a registered Canadian charity dedicated to the equitable and sustainable use and conservation of aquatic biodiversity. Based in Victoria, B.C., Seaquaria delivers engaging education experiences to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.
If you would like to support us, please follow the link - seaquaria.org/support-us "
Millstream Coho Release
On February 27th, 2021, volunteering members of Goldstream Salmon Hatchery transported and released 2500 coho smolts into Millstream Lake, which feeds and flows into Victoria's Esquimalt Harbor.
Thank you to our great volunteers and supporters for making this release a success!
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Salmon rest in an eddy of Vancouver Island's Goldstream River during the fall run. Volunteers have come here to count the fish as they return to the river to spawn.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES MACDONALD/THE GLOBE AND MAIL
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The Future Of Salmon Stewardship: Goldstream Hatchery welcomes its youngest GVSEA member and volunteer!
"On November 14th, she presented us with $450.00 that she had raised by selling salmon keychains in her neighbourhood that she and her Mom manufactured themselves. It is this sort of thing that energizes me and gives me hope that, in spite of all the depressing news we receive daily, there is hope for the future. On our volunteers' behalf, I've suggested that Julia and Joscilyn might be interested in a membership because Julia is not yet old enough to be up here on her own yet."
~ Peter McCully
From all of us here at Goldstream Hatchery, and on behalf of our Pacific Salmon,
Thank you so much for your support and interest in salmon enhancement Julia!