West Vancouver, B.C. – The West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society, the Coho Society of the North Shore and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are excited to announce that this year’s Adopt-a-Fish will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Memorial Park on Saturday, April 23. This annual event lends a helping hand to the next generation of McDonald Creek Coho Salmon and teaches people about the lifecycle of these iconic fish and the pressures facing them. Elementary-aged school children will have the opportunity to release a one-year-old Coho Salmon (called a smolt) into McDonald Creek to begin its life in the wild.
Starting at 11 a.m., children can pick up their Salmon Adoption Certificate outside West Vancouver Memorial Library (1950 Marine Drive) and cross the street to Memorial Park to release a juvenile salmon into McDonald Creek. The Streamkeepers will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and assist with the release of the salmon, which are raised by DFO staff at the Capilano River Hatchery and transported to McDonald Creek on the day of the event.
A special fish-themed Storytime is planned at the Library, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Storyhouse.
In addition to Storytime, the Library also has a great collection of salmon and other fish resources — here’s a list of just some of what is available: wvml.ca/salmon.
Adopt-a-Fish is open to elementary-aged school children and their families and will proceed rain or shine. No registration is required.
West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society
John Barker, President
West Vancouver Memorial Library
David Carson, Communications Coordinator