September 30 Update on the Birkenhead Sockeye Salmon run

via Maxine Bruce

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As of Sunday September 30th, 14,260 Sockeye Salmon are in the Birkenhead River.

On Sunday morning, the river temperature was 10.3c, and an average of 12c throughout the project.

The river gauge that’s situated at the sockeye fence work site was at 39, and today, Tuesday 2 October, the gauge reads 70 with all that rain — very similar levels to the September 22nd rain event when the river gauge read 72.

The Sockeye Salmon count for the most part is going well, except during the heavy rain experienced on September 21st when the high water event nearly toppled over the Underwater Camera.

It is anticipated that the project will be complete by the end of this week.

We are noticing that the Coho salmon are arriving 

To conclude this update as Fisheries & Environmental Manager, it’s with great pride I am able to acknowledge and thank the Lil’wat Fisheries Technicians for all their time and efforts involved in the Sockeye and Chinook salmon surveys.

Thanks so much for your dedication, especially toughing out the what Mother Nature provides such as the cold days & nights and the high-water events that makes river-crossing pretty sketchy.

On behalf of the Lil’wat Fisheries, we send a big KUKWSTUMCKACW to both “John and Emily of DFO” for being here to work with us, you are awesome people.

Kukwstumulhkalap, Nilh ti Maximillion Bruce 😀

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