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 photo of a beach with a white plastic cylinder stuck in the sand, and with evergreen trees and mountains in the distance. It is sunny and looks midday.

Downloading water chemistry data today!

Today the Fraser Connectivity Project field work included downloading our water chemistry data! Thanks to this little data logger we have been able to record the salinity and temperature of the water in our project areas every five minutes since April!!

This is a photo of a man standing amid tall reeds in a marsh he is in the distance, and drinking from a water bottle. There is also a tall dead tree behind him and slightly left of center.

Fraser Connectivity Project in the heat

Today the Fraser Connectivity Project team is heading out in the heat conducting marsh vegetation surveys in our project and sampling areas! Thanks to Daniel Stewart and Ducks Unlimited-BC for training us last week, today we put our new skills to the test!  

Team enjoyed some cloudy weather for once today while purse seining on the sandflats of the Fraser estuary.

The Fraser Connectivity Project team enjoyed some cloudy weather for once today

The Fraser Connectivity Project team enjoyed some cloudy weather for once today while purse seining on the sandflats of the Fraser estuary. We don’t catch a lot of fish in these areas compared to the eelgrass and marsh which provide much better habitat for juvenile salmon, but it is still an important part of our …

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Dave holds up a Chinook fry from the Fraser river delta.

Another beauty day for sampling in the Fraser estuary

Another beauty day for sampling in the Fraser estuary! Here is a juvenile Chinook we captured in the eelgrass with deltaport in the background. Structures like the port causeway impact the natural migration pathways that juvenile salmon need to reach important habitats in the estuary. @jackhall437 @mistymacduffee @raincoastconservation

80 stream type Chinook like this beauty…

Today was amazing! Caught more than 80 stream type Chinook like this beauty, first time ever catching these in large numbers!! Usually we catch ocean-type Chinook only a few months old but these stream type Chinook rear in freshwater for a whole year before moving to the ocean!

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