QISES - From The Beginning

  • 1979 – Incubation boxes placed in Drew Creek and Hyacinthe Creeks
  • 1980 – A dam and incubation boxes placed in Granite Creek.
  • Hatchery begun winter 1980-81. Donations $9176.25 – bulk of the money from April Point Fishing Club; $2000 from DFO. Sam Hooley was the mover and shaker in these early projects.
  • QISES inaugural meeting Jan 21, 1981. Membership fees $10. President Andy Sitnik; Vice Ron Percival; Secretary May Bennett; Treasurer Barry Bennett; Directors Bill Nelson, John Hewison, Sam Hooley.
  • Feb 1981 - Warren Peterson added as Director. The Sun newspaper had contacted Warren stating it wanted to give $10,000/year to involve Quadra school kids in stream cleanup and enhancement projects. A Stream Clearance course is offered at Malaspina College.
  • Oct 1981 - Hatchery cost to date $15,000. No hydro yet.
  • Oct 14, 1981 - Official opening of the hatchery with reception at April Point.

A chum pair during spawn A chum pair during spawn in Granite Bay Creek

  • Feb 1, 1982 - The treasurer is authorized to sign donation receipts on behalf of the Society.
  • Feb 24, 1982 - First AGM. Move by Sam Hooley, “Whereas the QISES was founded to work under the Federal Salmon Enhancement Program, the purpose of the Society is to rehabilitate the salmon runs in the Quadra Island watersheds and whereas the Society, with their new facilities, has the capability of hatching 2.5-3 million of the salmon species, Therefore be it resolved that the Provincial government be requested to place an ecological reserve on the Village Bay Lake system for the purpose of protecting the environment for the rearing of the species.” Passed.
  • 1982 – Built the grand Hooley dam behind the hatchery to control the water flow through the hatchery and rearing troughs. Fish trap and counting fence for returning adult salmon, and a trap shack were built on Hyacinthe Creek. The trap was monitored 24/7, hence the need for the shack.
  • May 1982 - Coastal Community Development Corp. Gave $18,588 grant to hire 7 unemployed people to work on stream clearance, etc. for 12 weeks. Work included dam construction at the hatchery.
  • July 1982 - mileage rates – $0.25/mile.
  • August 1982 – Vancouver Sun newspaper through Vancouver Sun Save the Salmon Society provides money to hire 3 students and materials.
  • November 1982 – Hyacinthe Creek trap shack and fish trap. Motion passes - “All projects undertaken on behalf of the Society require written documentation as to what the project is, why it is necessary and what the estimated expenditures will be.” A project requisition form was developed and implemented.
  • Jan 1983 – Consultants estimate value of QISES works total $200,000.
  • March 1983 - $30,000 grant from the Federal NEED Program. Ron Percival and Sam Hooley arrange educational tours at the hatchery with Quadra School.
  • Summer 1983 - $2 raffle tickets sold for wooden boat built by Sam Hooley raised $970.
  • Summer 1984 – trap shack moved to hatchery site with Mike Berti's approval, to become the office. Salmon print sales $3760.
  • June 1984 – President Ron Percival assigns responsibilities for the year to each of the 9 directors. Don McEachern's work first mentioned although not as a director.
  • Nov 1984 – contract with DFO Youth Employment Program. 7 people hired for 20 weeks including 1 manager and 1 supervisor (Don).
  • March 1985 – total membership 55 as 16 not in good standing. Need new ideas to get new members.
  • May 1985 – Don and Katimavik crew create new spawning channels at Hyacinthe and Vic's Creeks. Drew Creek cleaned up. Settling pond built at Hyacinthe Creek. Fences and traps installed at Vic's Meadow and Hyacinthe Creek.
  • Nov 1985 – 18 five-gallon buckets of sockeye head and tails found at Village Bay Creek – the entire run??
  • April 1986 – memberships – individual $10, family $15, life $1000. One million juvenile salmon have now been produced at the hatchery. Three federally funded job creation programs on the go in 1985. Brian Allen tells the Society that programs are going to have to exist on their own resources.
  • Sept 1986 – Discussion about a higher local profile – monthly article in the Discovery Passage – getting school involved in the programs.
  • Dec 1986 – Barry Bennett makes presentation to the Federal Senate Committee on Fisheries. Senators come from Campbell River and view the hatchery the day after (re: Salmon Enhancement Projects). All employment/fishery programs being cut back.
  • March 1987 – funds run right down; grant money dried up.
  • April 1987 – Open House hosts 300 people, salmon BBQ, wild and farm fish. Net penned coho reared in Village Lakes. 20,000 fry released from pen in June.
  • Oct 1987 – DFO says no to the Society selling wild eggs to the aquaculture industry in order to raise funds. T-shirt sales generated $3000.
  • 1988 – OAP become involved with the feeding of the fry at the hatchery.
  • 1990 – Started counting returning salmon in streams.
  • 1991 – Pacific Salmon Foundation is contributing $10,000 for fish fence at VBL. Society is attending bingos.
  • January 1992 – Discussions taking place re: biophysical studies at VBL. Gary Pronk is collecting VBL lake temperatures and water levels.
  • December 1992 – Long term planning underway.
  • April 1993 – Quadra seniors are approached to get involved with the hatchery.
  • Summer 1993 – Community Salmon Enhancement and Restoration Fund (provincial) grant $59,000. Four people hired, repairs to hatchery and stream structures, enhance habitat in various creeks.
  • December 1993 – 3,600,000 fry released to date.
  • May 1994 – smolt count on VBL May 2-14. Person paid $10/hour. Needs to be started earlier.
  • June 1994 – CSERF grant $39,848.
  • August 1994 – Vic Balatti lease application reviewed. QISES recommends only license of occupation with no agriculture.
  • Sept 1994 – egg targets – coho 300,000 and chum 350,000.
  • October 1994 – OAP have been feeding fry for 6 years.
  • Summer 1995 – helicopter coho fry releases into Saxon and Luoma Creeks $1800 raised from sport fishing guides.
  • Fall 1995 – damage to Canyon Creek by logging while Kokanee were spawning. Outboard restrictions on VBL discussed at public meetings.
  • Nov 1995 – Open house at the hatchery – 60 attended. Pink salmon transplant to VBL being discussed.
  • Spring 1996 – QI mapping project initiated.
  • Sept 1996 – Public meeting at VBL re: outboard restrictions.
  • Sept 1997 - $25,000 from the Mifflin Project talked about. Cape Mudge program begins and they say they would contribute $65,000 – doesn't happen. Tanya Storr does article on the hatchery.
  • January 1998 – Bingo revenue from 1997 $17,000.
  • October 1998 – 3500 plus coho into VBL. Six locals take the Streamkeepers course.
  • Nov 1998 – change of bylaws re: bingo and “Bingogate”.
  • April 1999 – OAP still feeding fish.
  • Spring 1999 – Caroline Heim's mapping project; $24,000 from Fisheries Renewal BC for VBL area.
  • Summer 1999 – new fence built at VB Creek - $25,000.
  • Oct 1999 – DFO changes format for stream counts – now weekly.
  • Sept 2000 – Present stream counts on 5 Quadra streams set up by DFO. Idea of watershed maps being prepared and sent out to all and being discussed. HRSEP grant $31,500 – 3 people hired – Don and Band member and 1 other person.
  • Fall 2002 – Creek mouth closures instituted.
  • 2003 – last year hatchery operated.
  • Winter 2003-4 – drought proofing study begins.
  • Spring 2005 – QISES hires Lawrie Bowles as Operations Manager.
  • April 2005 - $7500 from PSF and $14,000 from Vancouver Foundation to carry out drought proofing program.
  • May 2005 – QISES hosts May Day food concession.
  • Summer 2005 – Luna Loiselle, U. Vic student, works on drought proofing project. QISES repairs old crossing on Hyacinthe Creek just above new road crossing to deal with sediment issues. Work by Nigel Phillips with $2500 from RDCS.
  • Oct 2005 – Don leaves QISES.
  • Winter 2005-6 – Renovations to the hatchery building for the new Extension Center begins, with volunteer help including home schoolers.
  • Jan 2006 – First public meeting re: Extension/Education Program.
  • Feb 2006 - $15,000 from PSF for Extension Center.
  • Winter 2006 – QISES assists Trails Committee with repairs to the Little Morte hiking trail.
  • Spring 2006 – NIWA operators contact QISES seeking to develop joint salmon enhancement projects. Stream enhancement work done at Vic's Creek with assistance from Buttle Lake Woodlot Operators. Buttle Lake also donated $1000 to QISES for tree clearing near ecological reserve.
  • Summer 2006 – Malaspina student Scott Mackenzie does VBL lake testing. Jim Mitchell does temperature/oxygen on VBL. $10,000 grant from Coast Sustainability Trust for Extension Center. QISES hosts Canada Day BBQ with $2100 raised. Membership drive hosted by Heriot Bay Inn outside the pub, $300 raised.
  • July 2006 – Public meeting with VBL cottage owners – information update on lake activities, 30 attend good meeting. Walcan repairs road where sediment is entering Hycinthe Creek, after meetings with Bill Pirie.
  • Sept 2006 - $10,000 from the Gaming Commission.
  • Jan 2006 - $2500 grant from PSF for Extension Center. Phase 1 of Open Bay Creek study completed (FIS funding $9500).
  • Spring 2007 – Tru-Value Foods initiates Spirit Board points. Ongoing fundraising - $1000 raised by spring 2008.
  • May 2007 – Grade 4 class from Quadra School release fry at Hyacinthe Creek.
  • June 2007 – 7 classes of Quadra School children and homeschoolers taken out to Hyacinthe Creek as part of “Stream of Dreams” Program. Phase 2 of Open Bay study approved and implemented (FIA $10,500).
  • Summer 2007 – No sockeye through VBL trap. Drought proofing project on Hyacinthe Creek is operational. QISES hosts Canada Day BBQ, $2400 raised.
  • Fall 2007 – Old brood stock site on Hyacinthe Creek (on Walcan Road) decommissioned and spawning bed built on site (gravel supplied by Walcan Seafoods). Site used by spawning coho.
  • Oct 2007 – PSF Directors visit new Extension Center. Open Bay Creek tour with woodlot operators. $8000 grant from Gaming Commission.
  • Winter 2007 – Funds dry up, Lawrie resigns as Operations Manager and rejoins Board of Directors.
  • January 2008 – Planning starts for first annual QISES Dinner and Auction Fundraiser. QISES provides Trails Committee with access recommendations on new Surge Narrows trail.
  • Feb 2008 – Open house held at new Extension Center, 60 attend.
  • April 2008 – QISES Vision Workshop held at Extension Center. Sheldon Etheridge to initiate Extension Center Youth Programs.
  • Summer 2005 – Spring 2008 - Tanya Storr does series of articles on QISES, drought proofing and Extension/Education Program
  • April 2008 - Gabriel Lesard hired as EcoCenter interpreter for summer
  • June 2008 – First fundraising Dinner Auction at Tsa-Kwa-Luten
  • July 2008 – Canada Day food fundraiser ($2699)
  • February 2009 – Second Vision Day session. Volunteer Appreciation Day at William Van Orden's
  • March 2009 – After discussion with Barry Peters, DFO, re whether to reopen the hatchery, board decides hatchery will remain closed for rearing fish.
  • May 2009 – Major grounds cleanup
  • June 2009 – New counting fence installed. Second annual Dinner Auction at Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge.
  • July/August 2009 – EcoCenter open, hosted by Brooke Heustis
  • October 2009 – Shed roof completed and walls weather-proofed. Priorities set for VBL watershed restoration. Level 1 Watershed Study and Level 2 Reports for Village ad Saxon Creek completed.
  • December 2009 – PSF funding approved for new generator and brush cutter
  • February 2010 – Coastal Community Credit Union donates $1000 for EcoCenter projects
  • May 2010 – Smolt counting fence fails to work
  • June 2010 – Third annual Dinner Auction at Tsa-Kwa-Luten ($6987)
  • July/August – EcoCenter open, hosted by Seamus Mooney
  • July 2010 – Canada Day food booth raises $475
  • September 2010 – 30th Anniversary Party hosts 70 people at EcoCener
  • February to June 2011 – Hatchery renovation: removal of extraneous equipment, ceiling sprayed,, strapping and painting
  • May 2011 – Hosted participants from Stewardship Workshop (droughtproofing and EcoCenter tour).
  • July/August 2011 – EcoCenter open, hosted by Shayla Sopracolle-Tait (150 visitor)
  • September 2011 – Fall fair display
  • February 2012 – DFO awards night. Long-time DFO Community Advisor Barry Peters retires. QISES receives 35-year award.
  • March 2012 – Inventory list completed.
  • March to May 2012 – Cleanup and remodelling on hatchery side of building
  • July/August 2012 – EcoCenter open, hosted by Adrienne Mann (335 visitors)
  • May to July 2012 – Field work on Saxon Creek (brushing, addition of 10 structures, 4 log weirs and additional rock weirs.
  • Summer 2012 – New website up and running
  • September 2012 - Fall fair food concession. Board begins exploring automatic fish counting equipment.
  • January 2013 – Elan Downey's presentation at community center on ocean survival after fry release
  • February 2013 – Introductory Streamkeeper's course with Michele
  • May 2013 – First exploration of VBL feeder streams for coho fry. HRDC funding for summer interpreter declined. EcoCenter closed for the summer. Granite Bay road review with MOT Sue Pauwels and senior biologist Sean Wong
  • June 2013 – SEHAB meeting and tour of Comox Valley projects
  • September 2013 – Fall fair booth
  • August 2013 – Luoma Creek work (5 frames and dam built)
  • October 2013 – Level II Streamkeeper course with Dave Clough
  • November 2013 – Vision Day exercise with Tucker Dinnes
  • February 2014 – Board planning day. Tree planting on lower Luoma Creek. Website update
  • June 2014 – HRDC funding approved. Luoma Creek work (A-frames anchored and windfalls dropped in creek). VBL stream surveys continue
  • July/August – EcoCenter open, hosted by Cole Houlihan (155 visitors)
  • July 2014 – Granite Bay volunteers carry out invertebrate survey, water quality testing and fry trapping
  • August 2014 – Major beaver dam at site 3 on Hyacinthe Creek
  • September 2014 – EcoCenter upgrade (new door, bathroom fan and mouseproofing)
  • October 2014 – DFO community involvement planning meeting in Campbell River. Approximately 200 pink salmon show up in McKercher Creek
  • November 2014 – Letter to DFO Minister Shea re permanent Campbell River DFO Community Advisor.
  • November 2014 – 2 spawning coho in Heriot Bay Creek (Klunis).
  • February 2015 – Counting fence discussion at Heriot Bay Inn.
  • Summer 2015 – Gina Nickoloff works at the Ecocenter and also Saturday Farmer's Market.
  • July 2015 – Pete meets with Camp Homewood camp director Irwin Harder about recommendations for Homewood Creek.
  • Summer 2015 – Drought proofing ongoing during extreme dry conditions; EcoCenter pond dries up.
  • August 2015 – John Fraser builds bookshelves for the EcoCenter.
  • Fall 2015 – Pinks return to McKercher, Hyacinthe and Open Bay Creeks.
  • January 2016 – Stacey Larsen appointed permanent DFO Community Advisor. Elan Downey speaks at Community Center.
  • March, 2016 – Pidcock Creek brought to the attention of QISES.
  • April 2016 – New We've Got Salmon signed erected at EcoCenter.
  • June 2016 – New t-shirts arrive. 500 fry delivered to EcoCenter pond.
  • Summer 2016 – Becca McDonald works at EcoCenter and Farmer's Market. Ian Matthews and Stacey Larsen, DFO, visit and give recommendations for VBL fence counting system. Visit to Sakinaw Lake to view their system. Shannon Anderson (DFO) leads fry trapping outing.
  • July 2016 – Platform, waterline supports and picnic table built at EcoCenter.
  • September 2016 – Fall Fair display
  • Fall 2016 – Work begins on new counting fence setup. Drew Creek culvert inspected with DFO and MOT, discussion on Drew Creek assessment and rehab.
  • January 2107 – Dave Clough speaks at community hall event.
  • March, 2016 – Pidcock Creek brought to the attention of QISES.
  • April 2016 – New We've Got Salmon signed erected at EcoCenter.
  • June 2016 – New t-shirts arrive
  • June 2016 – 500 fry delivered to EcoCenter pond.
  • Summer 2016 – Becca McDonald works at EcoCenter and Farmer's Market.
  • Summer 2016 – Ian Matthews and Stacey Larsen, DFO, give recommendations for VBL fence counting system. Visit to Sakinaw Lake to view their system.
  • Summer 2016 - Shannon Anderson leads fry trapping outing.
  • July 2016 – Platform, waterline supports and picnic table built.
  • September 2016 – Fall Fair display
  • Fall 2016 – Work begins on new counting fence setup. Drew Creek culvert inspected, discussion on Drew Creek assessment and rehab.
  • Fall 2016 – Huge chum runs
  • January 2017 – Dave Clough speaks at Community Center, hosted by QISES.