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 SSS CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO ATTEND OUR AGM
On Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 we will be holding our annual general meeting at Canlan Ice Sports in North Vancouver. This is a great opportunity for volunteers, society members and any other members of the public to find out what’s happening at the Seymour Salmonid Society. Society members are eligible to vote at the meeting – not a member? Click on the Join the Society button on our home page.
We will also be hearing from guest speaker Erin Rechisky of Kintama Research Services. More details to come!
SEYMOUR RIVER ROCKSLIDE RECOVERY PROJECT UPDATE
SEPTEMBER 6, 2015
Staff from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Squamish Nation, InStream Fisheries Research, Seymour Hatchery and many volunteers are working hard to recover fish from the Lower Seymour River before they become trapped below the rockslide.
Thanks in part to funding from the Pacific Salmon Foundation, we have successfully moved 166 pinks and 47 coho from below the Mount Seymour Parkway Bridge to Seymour Hatchery.
Mother Nature however, continues to throw obstacles our way with last week’s wind and rain storm bringing over 230 mm of rain in one week according to the hatchery rain gauge. Metro Vancouver reported that during the same week, the river levels and flows fluctuated from 0.6 m to 1.5 m and 0.01 m3/s to 1.3 m3/s respectively. The Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve was in fact closed to the public for 1.5 days when the windstorm uprooted a number of trees in and amoung the forest trails.
While the past week has brought some much-needed rain to our river systems, please be advised that fishing in the Seymour River is still closed for all species above the railroad bridge.
On August 26th, a kick-off meeting was held with federal, provincial and municipal government representatives to initiate a feasibility study of how to make the rockslide fish passable. This study was made possible by funding from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.
Stakeholders also met to discuss viable options for moving fish from the pool below the rockslide, once the water temperature dropped to a level that reduced the stress level of the fish, and working conditions for all involved were deemed to be safe
As the weather improves and water conditions return to safely navigable levels we will begin to plan the next steps in transporting fish over the rockslide.
We continue to work with other river users and stakeholders to share the river and will remove all nets and traps once we collect enough broodstock to ensure the healthy return of future fish populations.
Please join us on September 13th for Coho Festival at Ambleside Beach, our annual Open House at the hatchery on September 20th and BC Rivers Day on September 27th to help clean up the Seymour River. Details for these events can been found on our Events page.
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.