Next we went to the salmon hatchery and they explained how they raised salmon. They collect the eggs and milt and then raise the small salmon to a certain size and let them go out to the ocean and swim around for a couple of years and then they come back to the hatchery to spawn. They had a little aquarium there.
After you enter the hatchery there are a number of informative displays, fish tanks that hold crabs, fish and coral as well as a “stuffed” grizzly bear and bald eagle.
The centre has a very informative narrative of the harvesting and fertilizing eggs process that this centre was set up to do.
There is also a well stocked shop, of course, that will sell you all manner of snacks, books, souveniers, packaged salmon and t-shirts. They also have free tasting samples of their produce.
The visit took approx 1 hour.
Our first stop on this actioned packed day was the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. I was very impressed with their “visitors centre” from the minute we alighted the coach.
Between the car park and the hatchery are holding tanks which clearly show the vast sizes of the salmon. You soon realize that these same salmon have made their way from the ocean, gathered in front of the hatcheries man made fish ladders and made their way to these tanks themselves. You can actually stand there and watch the process unfold before your eyes!
To watch this entire process was very informative and a sight that not many Australians would get to see!