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 2 news stories.

  • 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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  • SOUL Fish

    Looking after our growing salmon stock

    Though the campus is missing the noise and activity of our intrepid student body, life goes bravely on, and there is nowhere that this is more apparent than in the Mark Hobson Salmon Hatchery, where activity and growth can be measurably different from one day to the next. To sustain and protect our fledgling school of salmon, a daily regimen of care and feeding must be attended to. 
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We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish Peoples on whose traditional lands and waterways we live, learn and play. We are grateful for the opportunity to share in this beautiful region, and we aspire to healthy and respectful relationships with those who have lived on and cared for these lands for millennia.