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.
THE ANNUAL SSS OPEN HOUSE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!
On September 20, 2015 we invite you to join us for a day of fun, education, BBQ and games in the majestic setting of the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. This is an excellent interactive learning opportunity for nature enthusiasts of all ages! See you there!
SALMON COLLECTION & RADIO TAGGING PROJECT UPDATE
On December 7, 2014, a rock fall estimated at 50,000 cubic meters, impacted the Seymour River, at a location at the upstream end of the lower canyon. The debris field from this slide raised the water level in the river some 10 meters creating a partial or full block to upstream migrating salmon. 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 successful.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is working in partnership with the Seymour Salmonid Society, Metro Vancouver, Squamish Nation, Tsleil Waututh Nation and North Van District, to attempt an emergency rescue effort to capture returning salmon in the lower Seymour River. If these efforts are successful, these salmon will be placed in transport tanks and transported to the Seymour River Hatchery with some released directly into the upper Seymour River, above the slide and below the dam.
The emergency capture program was challenged to locate a suitable trapping location in the lower Seymour River that both contains a suitable holding and netting pool, coupled with good river bank access for manually transporting captured salmon up to truck and trailer transport tanks. After a visual inspection of the lower river from the canyon down to tidewater, the best location identified to operate the rescue trapping program is just adjacent and downstream of the access road into Seymour River Park, immediately downstream of the Seymour Parkway Bridge.
The capture traps include large nets anchored into the Seymour River, operating from April– December 2015, water level dependant. All 2015 in-river work installing and adjusting the trap nets is done with hand labour and does not require heavy machinery access this season, future work might include a heavy excavator digging a deeper holding pool, near the bank, along with a riverbank ramp at the ultimate trap site, depending on what is learned this year.
Vehicle access in close proximity to the river bank near the capture site is necessary, given that all trap materials and captured salmon must be moved by hand from and to transport vehicles. Aside from daily inspection of the river traps, captured salmon will be moved by field crews to the transport tanks daily depending on capture success in the river trap.