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General News · 2nd November 2014
Christine Robinson
It’s that exciting time of year where salmon begin pooling in the bays, waiting for the opportune time to begin their fierce push up their birth streams. It is truly one of nature’s great miracles of migration, and we are fortunate on Cortes that there are still accessible spawning streams for the public to view. The late fall chum runs are just beginning, with thanks to the monsoon rains which have been filling up the creeks.
Sixteen keen Cortes streamkeepers participated in a Streamkeeper training on October 25 & 26, and are embarking on a first Cortes Streamkeeper project. We will be conducting Salmon Spawner Surveys in the next few weeks of some of the Cortes streams with spawning salmon returns. The streamkeepers participating in the 2014 spawning salmon count are: Cec & Christine Robinson, Chris Napper, Tosh Harvey, Kellen Warkentin, Elijah Verschuur, Mike Manson, Deb Peters, Rick Kolstead, Elizabeth Anderson, Alma Huuskonen, Mary Lavelle, Chris & Debbie Dragseth, Max Thayson & Kate Madigan.
For many years, Klahoose have been monitoring salmon activity in Basil , Hansen, and James Creeks. The data being collected by the Cortes Streamkeepers will add to the good work done by Klahoose, and will be passed onto the FOCI library, the Cortes Museum, and other provincial agencies. The Cortes Streamkeepers, through FOCI, has been successful in receiving grant monies from both the Pacific Salmon Foundation and the Vancouver Foundation to develop the necessary resources to establish a local Streamkeepers group, to monitor streams, collect stream & fish data, and to do community outreach.

You, too, can be streamkeeper eyes and ears. When you are watching any of the salmon returning to the creeks, you can take notice of the following information, and pass it onto to one of the Cortes Streamkeepers: name of stream, date, number of live & dead fish. Can you identify the females (does) and males (bucks)? Can you tell where a fresh redd (nest) has been dug? Can you observe a redd being dug, and who do you see is doing the work?

Please remember some important salmon & stream etiquette! Respect private property. Walk quietly upstream, rather than downstream. Keep out of the creeks during this critical time, especially rambunctious dogs and enthusiastic children!

Contact Cec or Christine Robinson (-6428), or one of the other streamkeepers, if you have any questions or information.

Happy salmon watching!!