The Salmon Stewardship Centre & Enhancement Hatchery

We are currently OPEN for the season until September 22, 2019

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY (We will be closed Sat-Sun Sept 7-8 for the Regional Fall Fair in Port McNeill)

CLOSED MONDAY and TUESDAYS 

10AM-4:30PM

QSSC Outside
INSIDE THE QSSC
Hatchery

ADMISSION(CAD)
Adult $6.00
Youth (5-18 Years) $4.00
Senior $4.00
Family (Two adults, two kids) $12.00

Owned and operated by the Northern Vancouver Island Salmonid Enhancement Association (NVISEA), the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre officially opened in 2010.  The Centre is an educational facility dedicated to supporting salmonid enhancement, conservation and education initiatives on Northern Vancouver Island.

Visitors experience how millions of salmon hatch from delicate orange eggs and grow strong enough to embark on an incredible journey out to the open ocean and beyond!

The Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre features a world-class interpretive gallery with exhibits and displays that promote discovery into the world of salmon and their natural environment. Guests and visitors to the Salmon Centre get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore and get hands-on with salmon.

The Quatse River Hatchery is a salmonid enhancement hatchery that focuses on producing Pacific pink, coho, chum salmon and steelhead trout.  The Quatse River Hatchery is also operated under NVISEA and was established in 1983 and officially opened under the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans the same year by John Crosbie.   Every year our staff produce on average 2.85 million salmon and steelhead which are all released into their natal river systems.

NVISEA is a not-for-profit charity, your admission to the Salmon Centre and your donations go towards salmonid enhancement, education and conservation programs on Northern Vancouver Island.

Ask our staff for a tour and learn how we manage to produce these wonderful fish and their fate in our environment!

Quatse Mushrooms
Fry
Baby Steelhead
Quatse by Peter Mieras

Stewardship is the concept where humans have the ethical responsibility to care for plants, animals and our surrounding environment. 

Sustainability in our ecosystem refers to the maintenance of ecological processes and functions, biodiversity and productivity over time. The social, cultural, political and economic components of sustainability can become a challenge, which undoubtedly affects the future of our lives and the roles salmon play in our region.

We at the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre believe in empowering individuals to make a positive difference in their homes and businesses. Simple changes in our lifestyle such as recycling, using less water and limiting plastic waste can have positive impacts over time. 

Understanding salmon biology allows us to educate the public about how changing environments affect their health and populations.  Guests learn about human impacts, salmon as a keystone species, predation, aquatic and terrestrial ecology and the cultural significance of these incredible fish.