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 event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Memorial Park on Saturday, April 18. This annual event connects citizens with the next generation of McDonald Creek Coho Salmon and teaches attendees about the lifecycle of these important fish. 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.
From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., kids can pick up their Adopt-a-Fish Certificate outside West Vancouver Memorial Library 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. Plus, at 11:30 a.m., families can enjoy a special Fishy Fun Family Storytime in the West Vancouver Memorial Library’s Storyhouse.
This year, the Ocean Wise Education’s Mobile Outreach Program, Aquazone, will be at the event. Their interactive display will include a variety of marine artifacts as well as touch tubs with marine invertebrates from our local shorelines. This display will engage the public in learning about the salmon life cycle and their predators, as well as understanding more about their ocean habitat.
In addition to Storytime, the Library has a great collection of salmon and other fish resources.
Adopt-a-Fish is open to elementary-aged school children and their families and will proceed rain or shine. No registration is required.
For more information, contact the West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Barton-Bridges, Communications Coordinator, West Vancouver Memorial Library
Liz Leduc, Director, West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society