In 2013, a devastating fire destroyed the Mossom Creek Hatchery and Education Centre in Port Moody, British Columbia. Three years, and a lot of help later, the newly built hatchery and the programs offered there, are bigger and better than ever.
Imperial was one of many businesses, along with community partners and individuals, who stepped in to help rebuild the facility. This generous support also allowed the continuation of the hatchery’s education programs, which have been a much-loved resource in the community for the past forty years.
Established in 1976 by the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society, the Mossom Creek Hatchery is recognized as the longest-running community hatchery in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Salmonid Enhancement Program. The new facility is even better situated to offer education programs that connect students of all ages, science professionals, international educators and local community members with hands-on learning about the environment, including fish culture and forest conservation.
Imperial provided $75,000 in matching funds for the rebuild, encouraging other local businesses and government to contribute towards the rebuilding of the important community fixture, which is located less than two kilometres northeast of the company’s IOCO terminal.
Last year was busy at the hatchery. Staff received 125,000 coho and chum eggs, raised and successfully released them into the Burrard Inlet. They also hosted a DFO community advisor workshop, led a stream keepers training course, and are working with the BC Ministry of Environment on a local stewardship project.
To learn more about the Mossom Creek Hatchery and Education Centre, visit mossomcreek.org.