General · 16th July 2018
An update for those interested in Quadra Island Salmon Enhancement.
Now that the automatic counting system at Village Bay Lakes (which took up most of 2017) is up and running QISES has gotten back to other chores. On a trip to Luoma Creek for the annual inspection and/or clearing of two log jams, we put baited fry traps in the stream. Results were disappointing, possibly due to the short duration that the traps were in the stream. One cutthroat was trapped.
Work started this spring on the deconstruction and eventual demolition of the two oldest buildings at the Eco Center, the tiny office which is getting quite mouldy, and the outdoor hatchery which has been out of commission for well over a decade. Fish tanks and other aluminium equipment were disbursed locally after futile attempts were made to interest other Vancouver Island salmon groups in them.
On July 8, eleven hardy soles turned up at Drew Creek to start the beginning of a 2-year project, the enhancement of Drew Creek. At present any existing gravel is buried under sand and silt. It is hoped that our work will facilitate, during high water events, self flushing of the creek.
Near the mouth of the creek, upstream from the culvert, a huge amount of branch material was removed as well as a few logs that were blocking silt. When the culvert is replaced, hopefully next year, spawning gravel will be purchased and put in the stream bed.
Drought proofing work continued on Hyacinthe Creek in order to keep water trickling through the summer drought. Broken lines were replaced earlier this spring. Siphon rates are being monitored so that the water bodies, Mud Lake, Reed Lake, and the big wetland, are not drawn down any more than necessary.
Finally, thanks to Tru Value, their Points Card system and islanders who put their shopping points into Quadra Salmon (257). In the Q-Cove store alone, QISES benefits from over $1000 annually from this generosity.