Year Round Activities:
- Ongoing Water Quality Monitoring
- Rotary Screw Trap (Out-migration Monitoring)
- Fish trapping in upper watershed to determine and map fish use
- Watershed Model Touring and Tsolum Field Trips for elementary schools
- Spawning salmon enumeration every fall
- Outreach/Display Season; we regularly attend Vancouver Island Musicfest, CV Exhibition, and CV Farmer's market.
Out-Migration using Rotary Screw Trap and Fish Fences
The Tsolum River out-migration of fish is monitored annually to help us to monitor health of populations. Traps are counted daily between mid March and end of May. Volunteers are needed to help with this annual monitoring work. If you want to be participate in hands on fish biology from April through May, send us a note on our Contacts page. We will provide fish identification and fish handling training. Due to technical equipment troubles in 2019, we did not do an out-migration count. Results from 2018 are below. We are adding a motor to our RST to help it to turn and are hoping to monitor the 2021 out-migration.
Fall Salmon Counting
Teams conduct spawning salmon counts every fall (usually late September or early October). While we did a pink count in fall 2019, we did not do a count in fall 2020 due to low numbers of fish. Next count will happen in summer 2021. If you want to be part of this annual volunteer work, send us a note on our Contacts page.
We respond to calls when the public observes cases of fry stranding along the Tsolum River. If you observe isolated pools with stranded fish, especially during stretches of dry weather when river levels are dropping, please contact us. For immediate assistance call 240 897 4670. We can supply equipment and help in safely moving fish from stranded areas to the river mainstem.
Check out images of some of our activities and projects below!