Sockeye Salmon

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We’re taking action to bring the Sockeye Salmon back to British Columbia’s Coquitlam River.

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Together we can help bring the Sockeye Salmon back to BC’s Coquitlam River!
Together we can help bring the Sockeye Salmon back to BC’s Coquitlam River!
Start your Bring Back the Wild campaign today!

About this project

Project Dates: April – December 2019


Details: British Columbia’s Coquitlam River was once home to one of the province’s largest sockeye salmon runs, with thousands of bright red salmon passing through the river each year. For the communities that relied on these salmon, this run was really important – so important that the Kwikwetlem First Nation (and even the city of Coquitlam!) named themselves after the Indigenous Coast Salish word for “red fish”. The salmon supported the ecosystem and the local economy, but unfortunately that all changed when BC’s first hydroelectric dam was built on Coquitlam Lake. The location of the dam made it really hard for the salmon to pass, which meant they couldn’t get back up the river to spawn. Without new generations of salmon being born the population plummeted, and now less than 100 salmon attempt to pass the dam each year. That’s where you come in! Earth Rangers is working with Lehigh Hanson, Kwikwetlem First Nation, and Watershed Watch on a project that hopes to restore Coquitlam River’s depleted sockeye salmon population by:

  • Collecting salmon eggs and hatching them nearby, allowing new salmon to be born without having to pass the dam
  • Seeing how well the spawned salmon can make it back to the ocean

If the hatchery is a success and research shows the spawned salmon can make it back to the ocean, there’s hope that a permanent fish passage will be built by the dam. This would help spawning salmon complete their migration journey on their own, leading to a self-sustaining population – and a healthier ecosystem and local economy – for years to come!

Check back here for project updates to learn more about how your donations are helping the Sockeye Salmon!

 

Generously Supported By


Lehigh

 

In Collaboration With

Kwikwetlem First Nation
Watershed Watch