Submitted by: the Salmon Caregivers, D’Arcy and Rachel
It’s that time of year again: time for the Cannery to host a school of baby salmon! We are so lucky to be part of the Stream to Sea program, which is administered by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Last Friday, December 11th, 55 Coho eggs were delivered to the Cannery. By the time the eggs arrive they are already a month old, which means the eye has started to develop and you can see it through the soft shell. The eggs will hatch in mid-January, becoming alevin.
In the wild, the eggs would be buried under gravel and because of this we have to keep the eggs in darkness most of the day. They are very sensitive to light until they develop from alevin to fry, which should happen in late February.
That doesn’t mean you cannot come by and watch the salmon grow, though. In fact, we encourage you to come to the Cannery and ask one of our amazing interpreters for a peek inside our special salmon incubator. They will be more than happy to give you a glimpse of the babies as they grow and develop into fry – in fact, they may be as excited as you are to take a peek.
Come and watch our babies grow, and learn more about the salmon life cycle with us!