With the lowest return of Fraser River Sockeye salmon expected since records began in 1893, Fraser River salmon are in peril. Not only do they face a massive rock slide, but a slew of other challenges like climate change, habitat loss, pollution, and fish farms.
For months, crews have heroically captured salmon, flying them over the rock slide in helicopters and worked to create passage at Big Bar, a remote area just west of Clinton, BC .
However, much more is needed if these salmon are to survive. The Rivershed Society of BC (RSBC) is calling for an investment of $500 million to restore and rebuild salmon runs within the Fraser watershed.
Fin Donnelly, RSBCs chair and member of parliament for Port Moody-Coquitlam, visited the Big Bar Landslide in August 2019 with his colleague Gord Johns, NDP fisheries critic and MP for Courtenay-Alberni. Here are a few photos from their trip.