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Fish Releases

Streamkeepers work with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to release chum fry and coho smolts into Byrne Creek. We usually get classes of schoolchildren involved in releasing the fish.

Releasing chum fry, April 22, 2003. Photos coming soon.

Releasing coho smolts, May 6, 2003. Photos coming soon.

A particular problem streamkeepers are trying to figure out in Byrne Creek is the "first flush" effect. Each spring, schoolchildren help streamkeepers and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans release chum fry and coho smolts into the creek. However, these hatchery fish appear to be very sensitive to urban runoff, and often after they are released, the first following rainfall that washes road film, carwash soap, and other contaminants into the creek, kills them by the hundreds.

First flush kill, May 15, 2003. Photos here.








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