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Fun Facts About Salmon!

 

Students Studying the Salmon Cycle
Students studying the salmon cycle

Did you know....

Pacific salmon are anadromous!

Anadromous means that even though salmon spawn and carry out the early phases of development in fresh water, a salmon will spend most of it's time in the marine environment, travelling all throughout the Pacific ocean in search of food to grow, grow, and grow! 

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When salmon spawn, the female salmon will build a nest known as a redd! She uses her strong tail fin to push aside gravel to dig a hole amongst the rocks in which she lays her eggs. Once done, she uses her tail once again to carefully push more gravel on top. For the months to come, the salmon's eggs will remain buried, safely hidden away from predators and high water. The redd will keep the eggs in a shaded, dark environment where there is a constant source of cool, fresh flowing water delivering the necessary oxygen to the eggs as they develop and the little salmon grow!

 

 
Alevin (Larval Salmon)  

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When a salmon hatches from its egg it is called an alevin. Alevin are larval salmon that have a delicate yolk sac that distends down from the abdomen of the fish. The yolk sac is full of maternal nutrients from the egg, giving the little fish all it needs to survive early life. Once the alevin has used up all its food and the yolk sac has disappeared, the salmon will emerge from its redd and begin its hunt for food as a fry! 

 

The Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre is just minutes from the airport, ferry, and downtown Port Hardy. We are located at 8400 Byng Road, next to the Quatse River Regional Park and Campground. The Salmon Centre is a must-see on your next visit to Northern Vancouver Island!

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