North Islanders Pull Together to Improve Salmon Habitat in Zeballos
About a tonne of 'stuff' was collected from Zeballos River waterways and estuary this week. An initiative coordinated by the Nootka Sound Watershed Society was led by Village of Zeballos Councillor Justin Janisse and involved local residents, and local businesses. Zeballos has about 100 citizens, is the smallest municipality in BC, but despite its size, their commitment to salmon is big. Historically an industrial town, items discarded decades ago and more recently were removed from critical salmon habitat.
We would like to thank partners: DFO Community Advisor Stacey Larson and Uu-a-thulk Biologist Roger Dunlop; and our sponsors: Greig’s Seafoods (safety supplies and waders), Strategic Natural Resource Consultants (participants and trucks), and Reel Obsession Sport Fishing (participants, trucks and lunch).
Where freshwater and the marine environment meet are important to fish, where salmon smolts adapt to salt water before heading out to sea in the spring, and where adults stage in the fall before heading upstream to spawn. Clean waterways are not only important to the fish but also to people who live in the area, and to many other animals.