Old Hatchery Renos

 

Back in the days of yore, the latest 'addition' to the EcoCentre was part of the Society's hatchery facility. Then, in more recent years the area did its duty for storage….now it is in the process of being brought back to life! 

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QISES decided to retain the potential of hatchery functionality should it be required, but that the space had much to offer as an addition to the EcoCentre. Visitors have always been curious about the residual equipment at the site, and about the Society's history as a hatchery facility…so thus the focus for the space was decided. 

The Pacific Salmon Foundation contributed $5,000 to the project, and QISES was able to apply other donations to the coffers of change. Volunteers helped repair the ceiling, then the place was emptied and stripped of all equipment. Constuction of a new storage area ensued, followed by cleaning and painting. Much of the equipment was put into storage, with a few key pieces being retained for interpretive purposes.


The hatchery in operation, circa mid 1980s


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Transformation in progress, summer 2012

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New storage area, door, & paintwork

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Summer Interpreter, Adrienne Mann, at work with a group from Quadra Kids

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Adrienne demonstrating the stripping of a (mock!) female coho