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Urban Salmon

Urban Salmon is the first documented photography project featuring salmonids in the urban environment. Fish will be documented in their natural habitat in various Metropolitan Vancouver watersheds over two years and a coffee table book will be published featuring the images. An image/video-bank will also be donated to stream-keeper groups related to salmon conservation, which will be available for use in their education programs.

To see Fernanado’s web site and fabulous photography, go to: https://www.urbansalmon.com

Fernando Lessa

Fernando Lessa Photography 1364 29th

North Vancouver, BC.
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Goldstream Hatchery, Jan 2019

Passive Integrated Transponders [PITs] individually identify small salmon.  The PIT tags are injected into the fish belly cavity.  There is an active reader board to collect the tag ID’s as the pass over the board down the dam. This will help us know if smolts are getting out of the Tod system and how many.


25th Anniversary Sechi Dip-In at Maltby Lake

For more information about Watersheds, go to: http://www.canadiangeographic.com/watersheds/map/index.aspx?path=english/watershed101


Salmon have arrived in Saanich [Oct 2017]

Dorothy Chambers counts fish in front of Full of Beans preschool kids at the Colquitz River fish fence behind Tillicum centre on Friday, Oct. 20. The heavy rains and swollen river entice the spawning fish to head up the river. Travis Paterson/News Staff

Two weeks ago, Dorothy Chambers, lead steward with Colquitz River fish fence, , couldn’t wait for fall downpours, as salmon spawning season approaches.

Salmon travelling up the Colquitz River on their cradle-to-grave spawning journey like muddy, deep water. The recent run of rainy days has finally delivered the right conditions.

Over the course of 24 hours, the volunteers counted 50 salmon on Oct. 19 [2017].



Tod Creek Watershed

From the Peninsula News Review, open this link for full article:

Tod Creek Watershed open house on Saturday

Tod Creek Watershed open house on Saturday

Reintroduction of salmon to Prospect Lake among the topics

The Peninsula Streams Society (PSS) is hosting a Tod Creek Watershed panel and information session on restoration and progress this Saturday at the Unitarian Church (5575 West Saanich Rd.).

PSS hopes to alleviate concerns by area residents regarding the stocking of coho salmon into Prospect Lake, as well as educate local residents about the Tod Creek Watershed’s history, current projects and future plans.

There are currently many restoration projects being undertaken in Tod Watershed, said PSS executive coordinator Ian Bruce. That includes conservation of headwaters at Maltby Lake, restoration projects on the flats, Tod mainstream and tributaries, fish-way installation on Butchart’s Dam, fish monitoring, beach restoration in Tod Inlet, and ongoing riparian habitat improvement projects.

Earlier this year members of the Prospect Lake Preservation Society expressed concern that by introducing salmon, the level of Prospect Lake, which is artificially raised by a dam, may be lowered to ensure salmon have access to Tod Creek and the ocean.

However, Bruce said that’s not necessarily the case.

“The juvenile salmon will ‘residualize’ and will go [to sea] when they can go.”

The Tod Watershed Open House is this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

There’s also 14 tickets left for the Tod Creek Watershed Bus Tour upcoming on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m..

Here’s the agenda for Saturday’s open house.

1-2:30pm – Open House, Info Displays, etc.

2:30-3pm – Slideshow presentation (history, projects, success stories)

3-4pm – Discussion Panel

A Panel of community and government representatives will speak to fish and habitat enhancement, lake levels, water supply, etc. in Tod Creek Watershed, including Q&A period. The Panel (3-4 p..m) includes:

Dale Desrochers, Section Head of the Salmon Enhancement Program, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)

– Chantal Nessman, Community Advisor for Lower Mainland (including the southern Gulf Islands and the Cowichan River watershed), Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)

– Adriane Pollard, Manager of Environmental Services, District of Saanich

– Dr. Rick Nordin, limnologist (study of Inland waters), Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria

In addition, panel representatives from First Nations, the Province and other agencies have been invited.

Displays at the Open House include Friends of Tod Creek Watershed , SeaChange Marine Conservation Society, – Friends of Maltby Lake Watershed Society and Peninsula Streams Society.

*** Additional Panel Members: Ian Bruce, Executive Coordinator for Peninsula Streams;

               and Joni Olsen, Councillor, Tsartlip First Nation. 


For some photos of the Tod Creek Watershed event, click on this link:



 Rock Bay Creek

Towards rewinding a city creek” by Maleea Acker‘s article in Focus Magazine Jan/Feb 2017 issue:
Dorothy Field explains her passion for Rock Bay Creek, which once flowed from Fernwood to the Inner Harbour.







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The Rains Came to the Colquitz River… Nov 18, 2013

From Dorothy Chambers:

The rains came, and so did the Coho !
Hundreds and hundreds counted today, the tally not yet completed.
One Cutthroat Trout photographed next to a Coho jack so you can see the differences.
I was there before daylight, joined by Barrie and Chris for many hours until darkness set in.
Did I mention we hadn’t seen any seals….?  There was one today, with his otter friends !
We’ll be there tomorrow morning to do it all again… hopefully!
Another good day in this amazing Colquitz watershed ….
Dorothy and
the fish guys.


Record return continues for Colquitz Creek

Dorothy Chambers from the Colquitz Salmonoid Stewardship and Education Society, nets a big one while emptying the fish trap in Coquitz Creek. - Sharon Tiffin/News staff

Dorothy Chambers from the Colquitz Salmonoid Stewardship and Education Society, nets a big one while emptying the fish trap in Coquitz Creek.

— Image Credit: Sharon Tiffin/News Staff

Salmonoid Stewardship and Education Society has counted more than 1,000 fish entering Colquitz Creek so far this year, far surpassing any previous counts over the past decade. A typical year might see 300 coho enter the creek between October and December.

The group uses the trap to count fish, mainly coho and sends them on their way upstream to spawn.





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 Still Salmon today:  Dec 21, 2013






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Sunday Oct. 26 2014 Colquitz River fish fence

Five hours on the Colquitz today.
Started out in slamming rain, with many visitors in rain slickers, braving the weather and delighted to see 21 salmon hauled.
By 2:00 pm the sun was shining, it was warm and the holding pen was full.
Many visitors came by and we were there until 6:00pm releasing fish !

Jacks…. 54
Females… 68
Males….. 44
one day total…. 166
Total since the run started on Oct 22….. 244unnamed-4

Dorothy, and the fish team !!








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