A group of three and four year-olds made history today by releasing 20,000 juvenile salmon into BCIT’s Guichon Creek in Burnaby.
Mark Angelo, chair emeritus of the BCIT Rivers Institute helped pre-schoolers release the salmon earlier today.
Angelo says the creek was very badly damaged before, so it couldn’t sustain any fish.
But after years of restoration water quality improved and life on the creek was possible again.
“There’s been this incredible effort to restore it and we finally got into a point where we could finally re-establish a trout population a decade ago.”
Then Guichon creek saw its first salmon population for the first time in 50 years last November.
“That was a real milestone last year and that made us realize that it is possible to re-establish a significant salmon run on this stream.”
Angelo says his grandson was one of the pre-schoolers in the group today, so he hopes he’ll be able to come back and watch the salmon return.
“My hope is that they’ll be able to come back to that same part of the creek and actually see some of these salmon spawn as adults.”
He says these young salmon will migrate down into Still Creek, then find their way into Burnaby Lake and then ultimately head out to sea.
“Four years from now they’ll come back and actually find their way back into Guichon Creek and spun there.”
Angelo says they’re going to be doing salmon releases every year from now on.