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A couple of weeks ago we spent several hours filming Steve at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery spawning some coastal cutthroat trout. I’ve put together a ten minute video on the process. This is actually our March subscribers’ video but we usually release one per year for public viewing. I’ve put this one up for all to view as it is quite informative.

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Rodney Hsu


Can’t catch steelhead but still want to touch them? Then a job at the local hatchery is perfect for you! Today we spent several hours at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in Abbotsford to capture some footages for an upcoming video feature. Operated by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, this hatchery does not only produce rainbow trout for lakes but is also responsible for the steelhead brood program of several rivers across the Lower Mainland. Our objective today was to film the cutthroat trout spawning process, but the hatchery staff also demonstrated some steelhead spawning. Here are some photos for a preview.

While the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery is exclusively operated by paid staffs, there are many community hatcheries in the Lower Mainland that are constantly looking for volunteers to perform spawning, egg sorting, fish feeding and general cleaning duties. For more information, please contact your DFO community advisor and ask him or her to provide you some contacts.

A Microsoft Powerpoint presentation has been released this afternoon that summarizes the gravel operation at Spring Bar on February 2008 and its impact on salmonid habitat. The report is put together collectively by the following groups:

  • BC Wildlife Federation
  • Sportfishing Defence Alliance
  • Fraser River Keeper
  • David Suzuki Foundation
  • Fraser Valley Salmon Society

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The file is just over 2mb large. The entire presentation takes about 10 to 20 minutes to through. Please take the time to go through it and pass it onto others who are unaware of the issue. If you do not have Microsoft Powerpoint, I have changed each slide into JPG files. Please click on each link below to see the slides.

Last week’s photos from the operation site can be seen below.


Yesterday Chilliwack Progress published an article regarding the gravel extraction that is currently taking place on the Fraser River. With the snow pack being below seasonal norm, one must wonder what the true objective of this operation is, not that gravel removal would have made a difference if there was a threat of flooding. What is more troubling is the fact that this permit, approved by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, actually allows harmful alteration of fish habitat and fish kill, which completely contradicts the agency’s mandate.

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