Item 2020.08.39 - Seton Lake Fish Hatchery

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Seton Lake Fish Hatchery

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2020.08.39

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  • [between 1905 and 1909] (Creation)

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1 photograph : b&w

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Photograph depicts the Seton Lake hatchery building constructed by the British Columbia provincial government in 1903.

Additional photographs and information about this construction is provided in the Fisheries Commissioner's Report for that year:
"In October, 1902, bids were invited for the construction of a hatchery building and Superintendent's cottage on Lake Creek, the outlet of Seton Lake, near the village of Lillooet. There were six bidders. A contract was let to W. Duguid, of Lillooet, the lowest bidder, in November. The buildings were completed and accepted in March, 1903. The hatchery building is a substantial wooden structure 210 feet long by 40 feet wide. The roof is supported by the walls, thus giving a clear floor space for the 160 hatching troughs, which are each 16 feet long, 16 inches wide and 7 inches deep. Two troughs are placed end to end and extend the width of the building, and receive the water from the head flumes which run lengthwise of the building. The equipment permits of the handling of forty million eggs. The water supply is taken from Lake Creek at a point some 1,400 feet from the hatchery, and about the same distance from Seton Lake, by means of a wooden flume three feet wide and two feet deep. A comfortable cottage for the Superintendent and a boarding-house for the other employees were constructed and furnished. The station in all its equipment is modern, and is not excelled by any other on the coast..."

Hatchery operations were terminated in Seton Creek in 1915 because the salmon runs had been almost destroyed.

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Item is digitized and available in high-resolution TIFF and JPEG formats. Digital access JPEG available here has been retouched for increased visibility.

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Personal or academic use of materials is welcomed under the standard fair use and educational use clauses of Canadian Copyright Law. Commercial use is, however, forbidden without the express permission of the copyright holder. For information on obtaining written permission from the copyright holder, please contact the Northern B.C. Archives and Special Collections.

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Part of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway Region Photograph Collection

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Information from:
"Report of the Fisheries Commissioner for British Columbia for the Year 1903": https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/HFD/library/Documents/bib89804_1903.pdf
"Progress Report No. 8 - Limnological Changes in Seton Lake Resulting from Hydroelectric Diversions", 1961: https://waves-vagues.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Library/38615.pdf

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