In early September 1980, 60 tons of boulders were placed in a 450 m section of Springer Creek at Sayward. This work was undertaken as a pilot project aimed at improving rearing habitat for trout and salmon juveniles in previously altered (i.e., ditched or channelized) sections of the creek. The project was organized by the Fish and Wildlife Branch with funding from the joint Federal-Provincial Salmonid Enhancement Program. However, the cooperation of other government agencies, private companies, civic associations and private individuals resulted in the donation of all necessary materials, machinery and labour for implementation of the project. The mean size of introduced rock was 0.3-0.5 m (diameter). During winter 1980-81 flooding, rocks smaller than 0.3 were scattered and/or buried and overall effectiveness of the habitat improvement activities was reduced by 30-40%. Based on the spring, 1981 (post-flooding) condition of the project section, the 1980 work should result in the additional annual return of 16
Griffith, R.P.. 1981. Boulder Introductions to Enhance Trout and Salmon Rearing Habitat in Springer Creek Vancouver Island. Ministry of Environment. Fisheries Report. FRN158
Topic: Fish and Fish Habitats
Keywords: Springer Creek, trout, salmon, habitat, enhancement
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