This past Sunday I attended the Mossom Creek Hatchery Anniversary Celebration. This "little" salmon enhancement program was started by a few amazing and very dedicated teachers 35 years ago with the goal of bringing Mossom Creek back as a salmon bearing stream. Not ony were they successful, but the program has allowed thousands of students and volunteers to participate at the hatchery.
My own family volunteers at the hatchery and it's been such an incredible learning experience for us. We've participated in feedings, salmon releases and I was even lucky enough to take part in an eelgrass replanting program in the Burrard Inlet. The hatchery is open to volunteers and visitors each Sunday from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm.
Mossom Creek is one of only a few pristine creeks in the lower mainland. It supports some amazing wildlife and plants, including the blue listed coastal tailed frog. The Mossom Creek Hatchery website has some great photos of wildlife that has been sighted in the Mossom Creek Watershed. The Mossom Creek Watershed is one of the largest watershed sin Anmore and stretches from above East Road down to Ioco Road in Port Moody.
Development has created a real challenge for the creek over the years and volunteers of the hatchery have really worked hard to address these issues with the Village of Anmore and developers. I would like to thank all those that have given Mossom Creek a voice over the years... Congratulations to all the volunteers of Mossom Creek Hatchery and to Ruth Foster, Rod McVicar and Jim Mattson for years and years of hard work.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. It's great to be out in the community, participating in some of the great events in and around Anmore and speaking to residents about what matters to them!