The Homalco-Taggares salmon hatchery is Located in Orford Bay (where our Great Bears of Bute Tour takes place) and was established in the early 1990s. We built the hatchery to provide supplemental backup to the struggling coho and chum salmon populations.
Our conservation efforts are focused on replenishing salmon stocks in the Orford River, encouraging an increase in the number of returning bears. More than 50 grizzly bears return to the area each year to feast on salmon, and preserving and enhancing stocks is fundamental to the survival of the bears and the overall health and prosperity of the forests surrounding the rivers.
In 2019, the Homalco Taggares Hatchery was severely damaged in a winter storm, resulting in the demolition of the original facility. We constructed a small temporary hatchery to carry out the salmon enhancement of the Chum and Coho in 2020.
Now, more than ever, the Homalco Taggares Hatchery needs friends and financial support to re-build the hatchery, protect and restore sensitive salmon habitat, conserve grizzly and wildlife habitat, and continue salmon enhancement efforts. If you would like to support our salmon conservation projects, please get in touch with us [email protected].