Assessing Solutions for Salmon

Big Bar rockslife in fraser River

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada is continuing to monitor the site of a rockslide in a remote area of the Fraser River, near Big Bar last month.

Rocks from the slide near Big Bar are blocking migrating salmon from reaching their spawning grounds upstream.

Now Oceans and Fisheries Canada is assessing the scene to figure out the best course of action for the salmon.

According to Bonnie Antcliffe, spokeswoman for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, there are two options.

“One is to restore fish passage by looking at the actual rock obstruction itself and the other set of options are to assist salmon that are unable to pass the obstruction on their own,” said Antcliffe.

This could mean using a truck to physically drive them upstream or potentially completing that transit by helicopter.

“Each of these options will have potential benefits and they will have potential risks and consequences so for this reason we are thoroughly assessing each option. We are also relying on acoustic monitoring and other data to help us in form which  option may be most effective in restoring fish passage.” Said Antcliffe.

Acoustic monitoring upstream from the rockslide shows that some fish have been able to pass through.

Currently the site of the slide is only accessible by helicopter.