Established by Mark Hobson in partnership with the Department of Fisheries and Ocean, the hatchery is home to one of the first on-campus high school fish hatchery programs in British Columbia. Students are given the opportunity to engage hands-on with the life cycle of the salmon, capturing adult salmon, harvesting and fertilizing their eggs, and helping them grow before releasing them to begin their perilous journey back to the ocean. Thanks to the hatchery, countless Shawnigan students have learned about the economic, cultural, and ecological value of these amazing fish.

Hatchery News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Spring Hatchery Update

    It has been all hands on deck this past week as the Mark Hobson Hatchery prepared for the release of thousands of juvenile Coho salmon into neighbouring Hartl Creek for their journey to the Pacific Ocean. Months of hard work go into the rearing of these fish in the on-campus hatchery, and students in Science 9 and Environmental Science 11 and 12, as well as the Fly-tying 360, play an important role in the annual cycle of incubating, caring for, and releasing the fry. Under the watchful eye of science teachers Laura Robson and Justin Wilke, students get hands-on experience while learning about the central role this species plays in the ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest.
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  • Mark Hobson Hatchery Update

    With signs of spring around us, tucked away in the Mark Hobson Fish Hatchery located in the heart of campus on Lake Omar, there are thousands of salmon eggs at the start of their life cycle under the watchful eye of Shawnigan students. Offering a hands-on learning experience with this little school of fish, the lessons learned while in the hatchery extend outside of the classroom. It all starts with the delivery of the salmon roe which are cared for as they go through their stages of development, from alevin to fry to smolts, when the time comes to release them into nearby Hartl Creek which joins with the larger Shawnigan Creek. With Hartl Creek then becoming their natal creek, it is anticipated that these salmon will return year after year as part of their life cycle. The role the hatchery plays is significant as Shawnigan Creek has one of the largest Coho Salmon returns in the entire Province.
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  • Salmon Hatchery Update

    Shawnigan’s salmon hatchery is full of new life! Activity has ramped up recently as both coho and chum salmon have now matured from the alevin stage to the fry stage – making them ready to be “ponded” this week.
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