Fish surgeon from Instream Fisheries Research, implants tiny radio tags into coho smolts.
The Seymour Salmonid Society and Squamish Nation are conducting a monitoring program on the Seymour River. The goal of the program is to identify if fish can migrate both downstream and/or upstream of the rock slide.
In the spring of 2017, 49 coho smolts were tagged with radio tags and released upstream of the slide. Fixed receiver were placed at three different locations on the river (1 upstream of the slide and 2 downstream). Once fish pass by the station the information from their tag is logged and stored, allowing biologists to download the data at a later date. To supplement this data mobile tracking (walking the river bank with a receiver to try to pick up a signal from tagged fish) is done three days a week, this gives us a better idea of where fish are in the river.