Our 2018 field season for the Fraser River Estuary Connectivity project was five months long, with 76 days in the field and more than 35,000 fish sampled, including over 6,400 juvenile salmon. The estuary is an incredibly beautiful setting that we never take for granted, where the herons, bald eagles, seals and seal lions are a more common sight than people, and the sunrise is always a little magical.
We are working with Fisheries and Oceans Canada over five years (2017-2022) to create new pathways for juvenile salmon through man made barriers that have restricted the connection between the river and its estuary for decades. While these barriers have stabilized the location of the mouth of the river and facilitated industrialization of the lower river and estuary, they have altered the natural movement of freshwater and sediments, and obstructed the nearshore migration pathways that juvenile salmon rely on to access important estuary habitats.
Read more from Raincoast Conservation Foundations’s Lower Fraser Salmon Program Coordinator @Dave.Scott.BC
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