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 2018- Rotary Screw Trap and Fish Fences
The Rotary Screw Trap 2018 out-migration estimated that over 220,000 pink exited the Tsolum River in spring 2018. Estimates for other species were over 31,000 chum, over 2,000 coho smolts, 2,300 coho fry, and over 580 rainbow/steelhead parr. 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.
Fall Salmon Counting
Teams conduct spawning salmon counts every fall (usually late September or early October). We are expecting a large pink return in fall of 2019. 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!