Families head to Stoney Creek to release thousands of coho salmon fry during the 2017 Mother’s Day salmon release. The event returns this year on Sunday, May 13.  Abbotsford News file photo

Families head to Stoney Creek to release thousands of coho salmon fry during the 2017 Mother’s Day salmon release. The event returns this year on Sunday, May 13. Abbotsford News file photo

Hatchery hosts annual Mother’s Day salmon release

Event on Sunday, May 13 at Bateman Park in Abbotsford

The Abbotsford Ravine Park Salmon Enhancement Society hosts its annual Mother’s Day salmon release this weekend.

The free event takes place Sunday, May 13 from noon to 2 p.m. at Bateman Park (34638 Bateman Rd.).

The public is invited to drop by to help release 10,000 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.