Louglan and Devin help Ryan Pastorchik fill pails prior to releasing coho salmon fry into Stoney Creek during last year’s Mother’s Day salmon release. Abbotsford News file photo

Louglan and Devin help Ryan Pastorchik fill pails prior to releasing coho salmon fry into Stoney Creek during last year’s Mother’s Day salmon release. Abbotsford News file photo

Annual Mother’s Day salmon release takes place

Free event on Sunday at Bateman Park in Abbotsford

The Abbotsford Ravine Park Salmon Enhancement Society (ARPSES) hosts its annual Mother’s Day salmon release this weekend, but at a new location.

The free event, held for years along Clayburn Road, moves to Bateman Park (34638 Bateman Rd.).

It takes place Sunday, May 14 from noon to 2 p.m. The public is invited to drop by to help release 12,500 coho fry into Stoney Creek.

Ravine Park Hatchery harvests eggs and milt from adult coho and rears the eggs in trays.

Once the eggs hatch, the fry are moved to troughs and fed until they are large enough to be placed in the hatchery pond.

Some of the fry are also released into locals creeks and streams, most notably at the annual Mother’s Day release.

The rest of the salmon are raised and fed in the pond until they are smolt and ready to be released in time for their trip to the salt water.

Contact ravinepark.hatchery@gmail.com for more information.