This report describes the fish habitat restoration work completed in the Viner River during 2006. The work completed was directed by the watershed overview and Level I Fish Habitat Assessment completed by Streamline Environmental Consulting Ltd. (Ebell and Cuthbert 2004). Also included in this report are the results of routine monitoring to assess the effectiveness of all other recent fish habitat restoration work within the Viner River watershed. Viner River is located on Guilford Island and is a fourth order stream that drains a watershed of approximately 25 km2. Logging was initiated in the mid 1930?s. A total of 38 % of the watershed has been harvested. The Viner River has been noted for degraded channel conditions and declining salmon runs. In response to these observations previous habitat restoration and salmon stock enhancement efforts have been undertaken. Historically, the Viner River is known to have supported an abundance of salmonids. The Level 1 assessment determined that there is more than 9 km of anadromous fish accessible habitat in the mainstem and tributary reaches. Chum, coho, pink and sockeye salmon as well as steelhead, cutthroat and rainbow trout inhabit the system. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) stock assessment data and local knowledge report significant declines in all Viner River salmon stocks in comparison with recorded historical escapements, especially in the case of chum salmon.
prepared by J. Ebell and I. D. Cuthbert.