Our enormous thanks go out to our incredible slate of volunteers that helped with this year’s salmon monitoring! Many, many thanks to our volunteers who contributed over 140 hours of their time to this program: Janelle Perreira, Steve and Jane Hannuksela, Ellen Gunderson, Deborah Milton, Fran Fuller, Melissa Sherrow, Martha Earnest, Sirri Hanson, Kenzie Williamson, Marcia and Hugh Montgomery, Jacki McClure, and Chris Moore. This work could not be done without you!
We monitored five transects on four Island streams this year: Schel-chelb Creek that feeds into the Lynwood Center area, 2 reaches on Springbrook Creek which flows into Fletcher Bay, Murden Creek which flows into Murden Cove, and Manzanita Creek which flows into Manzanita Bay (See our Salmon Monitoring Map).
Unfortunately, this was another low year for salmon returns We recorded a total of 10 adult salmon to Manzanita (7 recorded) and lower Springbrook Creek (2, carcasses only, 1 anecdotal report). In upper Springbrook Creek, we observed 16 smaller salmon, likely fingerling coho and a few cutthroat trout, which suggests that even though we did not see adult fish in this section, there are at least some salmon returning and spawning in upper Springbrook Creek. We observed 3 fingerlings/cutthroat in Murden Creek which feeds Murden Cove. At this time we have not identified any obvious complete barriers to upstream migration, but we are keenly interested in better understanding what might be causing a lack of observations of salmon in this stream. This year we sampled Schel-chelb creek as this was not a stream we have monitored in several years and we were interested to see what we might find. No adult or fingerling salmon were reported from monitoring in Schel-chelb creek.