- ‘It was miraculous,’ states Val Aloian, who holds track of creek conditions for some months.
- Chum fry was seen in Bowker Creek on Vancouver Island the previous week, probably a first since the 1930s.
Volunteers are rejoicing as salmon fry have successfully appeared from the rock in an urban B.C. creek for the first time in almost 100 years.
In January, 28,000 salmon chum eggs were distributed into a stone bank in Bowker Creek, a channel on Vancouver Island that drives through Saanich, Victoria, and Oak Bay. The idea was that by getting back salmon, the overall health of the creek would enhance, which would then improve conditions for salmon, making a cycle.
Volunteer Val Aloian visits the creek daily to check the water temperature and depth. At the same time, she was completing those tasks at about 11:30 a.m. P.T. on March 30, she saw almost 100 fries.
“It was miraculous,” Aloian told All Points West host Robyn Burns, who stated she was so eager she felt like “a new mom.”
“I’m handing out cigars,” she giggled.
Gerald Harris, director of the Friends of Bowker Creek Society, stated it’s rare to see chum fry during the day because they manage to just come out at night. He hopes more groups to pop up, and many probably already have emerged, but it’s impossible to know how many of the 28,000 eggs will follow.
These salmon won’t be back to the site for another three to four years, and Harris stated it would be fantastic if just ten made it back. “I think one would be delighted if you receive 25 back. You’d be pleased if it was almost 30.”
Harris says Bowker Creek had salmon in it for around 6,000 years. It’s been advised that the last time salmon were spotted there was in the late 1930s.
Source – cbc.ca