Fraser River

The Fraser is one of the world’s great rivers. Historically it produced more salmon than any other place in North America. Its delta is one of the Pacific Coast’s largest and most important estuaries. It is the rearing and feeding grounds for over 50 species of fish, many of which play a crucial role in a foodweb that links fish, birds and marine mammals across thousands of kilometers of the Pacific Ocean.

A person is holding up a clear container with "Raincoast Constervation on the label." The container has two very small silver fish inside it. In the background is a blue sky and a blue body of water.

Dozens of Chum

Caught our first juvenile salmon of the season this weekend! We found dozens of these little chum salmon fry in the North Arm of the Lower Fraser River yesterday, the first juvenile salmon of the season to migrate downstream into the estuary where they likely spend a few days or weeks before moving on to …

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David Scott holds a salmon fry out for us to see, on the Fraser River estuary.

Field season for the Fraser River Estuary Connectivity project was five months long

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 …

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Aerial photogragh of a part or Fraser River, dark blue water meandering through brown and white lands and islands with mountain range in the background

The Heart of the Fraser

The Heart of the Fraser. The vital stretch of the river between Mission and Hope, less than two hours drive from Vancouver, provides prime spawning habitat for salmon…

This is a photo of a beach at low tide with a patch of tall marsh-like grass, and with a bearded man walking on the left of the image holding a yellow device in his left hand. It is a grey day.

Back at field work for the Fraser Connectivity Project

Just when I thought field work was over I find myself back out at Sturgeon Bank! Today @rileyfinnn and I are mapping marsh islands as part of long term monitoring investigating marsh recession as well as baseline data for monitoring any changes related to the Fraser Connectivity Project!

This is a photo of two small fish in a plastic specimen bag with a ruler and the raincoast logo in the background.

Last day of field season 2018!

Last day of the Fraser Connectivity Project field season for 2018 and I could not be happier to have captured both juvenile sockeye (left) and Chinook (right) at our last site in the middle arm just south of YVR! Thanks so much to all of our amazing volunteers and my fantastic team for an epic season!

This is a photo of three researchers standing on a marshy section of the coast with algae covered rocks dividing marsh from open water. Is is a sunny day.

August with the Fraser Connectivity Project

Can’t believe it’s already August, the Fraser Connectivity Project team is almost finished for the season but managed to catch this beautiful juvenile sockeye salmon this morning along with a few Chinook! Our day also included bringing some drone footage and checking out some potential jetty breach locations!!

This is a photo of 3 researchers collecting data from a fish net in an estuary. The sun is a bit low still and coming from the left.

Field work and a lonely juvenile coho

Starting our last week of field work for the Fraser Connectivity Project for this season with some beach seining and fyke netting in the blazing heat! Caught a lonely juvenile coho and a few Chinook this morning still using the estuary at the end of July as adult salmon begin to return!

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