The Goodbye Chums event returns to Maple Ridge Creek this month – Maple Ridge News


Goodbye Chums, and the annual fish release event hosted by the Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership (KEEPS), is back this year.

The event is scheduled for April 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Center and Bell-Irving Hatchery. It is located at 11450 256th St.

A highlight of the event is always equipping the kids to head out to Kanaka Creek with a bucket of water filled with hatchery fry, so they can release them back into the wild and say ” goodbye”.

There were family activities including story time, crafts, educational exhibits and more.

The event saw over 500 people participate in pre-pandemic years, and they sent 15,000 fry into the stream. The hatchery said it collected 212,000 chum eggs in 2021, which will be used to replenish waterways.

Goodbye Chums was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but school classes kept salmonids in classroom aquariums, to keep the educational aspects of the event alive.

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