Quatse River Hatchery


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NVISEA's Quatse River Hatchery is located five minutes from Port Hardy in the Regional District of Mount Waddington's Quatse River Regional Park.


Quatse staff and volunteers at Rivers Day September 2017

The Quatse River Hatchery is staffed by four full time employees, with additional seasonal staff up to twelve.

The facility was originally built in 1983, with a number of upgrades through the years, including the most recent construction in 2008 and 2009 of the multi-purpose Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre, which includes an interpretive gallery, wet and dry labs and classroom.


The Quatse Hatchery has an incubation capacity for one million coho eggs, using 24 Heath stacks, and for 2.5 million pink salmon eggs, using eight Pallant boxes.

For juvenile rearing, we utilize twelve Capilano troughs, ten 12' circular tanks and three 5' X 30' concrete raceways. For adult brood holding, all raceways and tanks are used.

The hatchery uses two water sources. Submerged pumps draw river water from a screened intake, utilized primarily for adult holding and bulk pink salmon incubation. A gravity fed groundwater source is used primarily for Heath tray incubation and juvenile rearing.