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Welcome To The Seymour Salmonid Society Seymour Salmonid Society is a non-profit organization that operates the Seymour River Fish Hatchery and Education Centre. We enhance salmon populations and encourage proper management of fisheries in the Seymour River. Our mission is to educate the public about the value of the Seymour River and the salmonids it supports as a resource for everyone living in British Columbia. PLEASE REPORT ALL POACHERS AND POLLUTERS We have had issues as of late with poachers snagging fish below the fish fence in the lower Seymour River.

(Image: Seymour River is closed to angling from the railway bridge to the Seymour falls dam because of conservation concerns due to the rock slide. If you see people fishing on the river please call Report All Poachers and Polluters (R. We have filled the seasonal staff position! Welcome back Brian Har! Thank you to all who applied. Listen to Brian Smith, Hatchery Manager talk to Steven Quinn on the CBC Early Edition this morning, August 22nd.

We want to share and celebrate our accomplishments with you and tell you about the project we have on the go. Come and join us in the beautiful Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve for a tour of the hatchery, live music, a BBQ, kids art and a prize draw. Fry Releases in the Seymour Watershed Last month over a 100,000 coho fry were released into habitat areas above and below the Seymour Falls Dam. Good luck little guys!

One of many off channel habitat sites. THE FLOATING FISH FENCE IS IN! After a lot of hard work the fish fence has been constructed and installed. Not operational yet but in place and ready to go. We plan to start catching fish mid July, some will be kept for hatchery broodstock and the rest will be moved above the rock slide to spawn naturally. THANK YOU to all the volunteers that came and spent many hours working with us on this project.

Thank you to Tsleil Waututh and Squamish Nations staff for your hard work and putting up with the loud noise next to the Band office. Another big thank you to DFO staff for your technical support and guidance thus far. GENTLY DOWN THE SEYMOUR WRAPS UP ANOTHER GREAT YEAR! A big THANK YOU to the 2016 Gently Down the Seymour Education Team for sharing their passion and expertise with over 1500 school visitors this spring! Student highlights included wearing chest waders, collecting aquatic invertebrates and feeding salmon fry.

The Seymour Salmonid Society has now hired our seasonal employee. We would like to welcome Eric Lotto to the team! Students, teachers and parents from Vancouver and Burnaby classes joined us during the first week of field trips. One class was lucky enough to observe the collection of eggs and milt from winter steelhead! These grade 2 students collected an aquatic invertebrate sample from Hurry Creek to investigate further in our classroom. BC NATURE zahnzusatzversicherung erfahrungen ( KIDS TOUR THE HATCHERY AND FOREST Nature Kids BC (Vancouver Club) visited Seymour River Hatchery in February.

Kids and parents discovered the salmon species supported by Seymour River Hatchery and viewed coho, steelhead and pink salmon fry in rearing ponds. A guided walk through neighbouring old growth forest to Seymour River provided the opportunity to learn how important salmon are to a forest ecosystem. SEYMOUR RIVER ROCKSLIDE RECOVERY PROJECT UPDATE JANUARY 19, 2016 The 2016 season is underway! We will continue to use our dedicated broodstock anglers to help bolster our stock on hand and eventually move excess above the slide.

Depending on river conditions, we may augment these efforts with more tangle-netting sessions. Keep an eye on your email for upcoming volunteer opportunities on the river! If you are not on our email list, you can sign up to receive all volunteer opportunities by email by filling out our volunteer form. The floating fish fence is set to be installed in the spring of this year. The fence will be operational approximately six months The floating fence will be similar to the one pictured above of the year until passageway through the slide can be restored.

It has the potential to provide us with high-precision stock assessment data for all migratory species in the river which will allow us to manage the Seymour more effectively. An agreement in principle regarding a permanent mitigation method for the rockslide has been reached by Seymour Round-Table members from six levels of government including Fisheries and Oceans Canada, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Metro Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, Squamish First Nations and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Northwest Hydraulic Consultants and BGC Engineering will re-shape the slide debris with scaling crews, low-velocity explosive rock-breaking and river flows. The method uses non-conventional rock breaking techniques and will require limited heavy equipment. This method would be the safest and least disruptive to the surrounding ecosystem and will likely take between two and five years. We have applied to a number of grants to help assist us in this matter. To donate directly to the rockslide mitigation efforts, please click the Fundraise for the Rockslide button on the right-hand side of this page.

Our next step is to host a public forum. Details will be posted here once they have been confirmed. The upper Seymour River, above the rock fall, contains the large majority of the productive salmon habitat in the watershed, and therefore there are justified concerns about the health of the Seymour River salmon run in coming years, if migration past the rock fall is not restored. In fact, coho and steelhead could be reduced to remnant populations by as early as 2019 if we are unable to mitigate the effects of the slide.

To scientifically confirm whether or not fish are able to pass through the debris, juvenile steelhead were acoustically tagged and adult coho and steelhead were radio tagged. Receivers were placed at both the downstream and upstream end of the slide and mobile trackers were deployed. To date no fish have been detected by fixed or mobile receivers. Snorkel surveys conducted in July of 2015 confirmed that a number of fish were holding in two pools directly below the slide debris.

Salmon recovered from these efforts will be placed in transport tanks and transported to the Seymour River Hatchery until target broodstock numbers are achieved. Surplus fish will be released directly into the upper Seymour River, above the slide and below the dam. Initially, a PVC and net trap was set up in the lower river adjacent to the Squamish Nation Band Office. These methods proved highly successful for pinks, but staff was forced to adapt once again for coho and steelhead.

(Image: nets and angling is currently being used to capture fish out of the lower river with good success.

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