Category Archives: Rivers & Oceans

Fish and Watersheds

In recent weeks, Hyacinthe Creek – one of a handful of  salmon bearing streams on Quadra Island – has experienced a few salmon swimming up its waters. Their arrival has not been an easy journey!

Life for all adult salmon, for millennia, has been a series of survival challenges. Depending upon the species, life cycles range from 2 years (Pinks) to 7 years (Chinook). For new born salmon referred to as fry, making it from their Coastal and or Interior BC birth streams to salt water can require many weeks to months of learning what to eat, while being swept over waterfalls to then crash through rapids for many more kilometers downstream. 

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Harvesting salmon eggs on Cortes and the Greater Campbell River area

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is working with local groups to harvest salmon eggs throughout the Greater Campbell River area. 

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The ‘Blob’ may have temporarily dampened the Pacific Ocean’s ‘biological pump,’ study suggests

A new study suggests that ‘the Blob’ of warmer ocean temperatures, which stretched over 3,200 kilometres off the coast of North America at its peak in 2014 and 15, may have temporarily dampened the Pacific’s ‘biological pump’ that acts as a carbon sink for fixed atmospheric carbon. 

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Harvesting 8,000 Chum Salmon eggs from Basil Creek

Around 8,000 Chum Salmon eggs were harvested in Basil Creek, Cortes Island,  on Friday, October 29th. 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Friends of Cortes Island Streamkeepers (FOCI) and the Klahoose Hatchery were hoping to collect up to 40,000 eggs. 

DFO Community Advisor Stacey Larsen said that if enough Chum return, there may be another chance to collect eggs this week.

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Southern resident killer whales are not starving due to lack of BC chinook, study finds

The widespread belief that at-risk southern resident killer whales are starving due to a lack of chinook salmon has been debunked. 

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