Immediate success for salmon recovery at Steveston Jetty

Two hands, one with bracelets on wrist of a white person holds up a rectangular trasn[arent box with a little bit of water and a juvenile salmon in it

Still from video by Alex Harris/ Raincoast Conservation Foundation

After three years researching how juvenile salmon use the Fraser estuary, we began physical habitat restoration to improve their access into habitats that support them.

The Steveston Jetty is only one of the many structures dividing the Fraser estuary, altering the movement of salmon, freshwater, and fine sediments to Sturgeon and Roberts Banks.

When we created the breaches in the Steveston Jetty, our strategy was to remove sections of the wall and then let the flow of the river create natural channels onto Sturgeon Bank over time.

You can see how we saw immediate success on our first day of sampling. We caught dozens of juvenile Chinook and chum salmon moving through the breach and into the safety of the marsh. It worked!

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