Coho in Upper Malcolm Creek, November 2019 Photo Credit: Larry Reid with GoPro camera
Photos of Spawning Counts on creeks on the Sunshine Coast. Streamkeepers start to walk the creeks this year (2021) in the middle of September as the pink salmon are returning this year. We have counted them in Dakota Creek and Roberts Creek. We have also heard they are in Chapman Creek. In the coming weeks we will start to see chum and coho return and they will be in the creeks until the in the first week of December. Here are a few of the highlights of this amazing time of year:
Kelly and Libby using the GoPro camera donated by Larry Reid to the Malcolm Creek and Roberts Creek groups. The camera helps us to check places that are harder to see, like undercuts. Thank you Larry for your generous gift!
Malcolm Creek , November 2020 Photo Credit S. Samples
Here is a shot of our group at the upper end of Roberts Creek near the confluence of Clack Creek @ Roberts Creek. This is a LWD (large woody debris) that we often find chum and coho underneath the downed trees. This year we found more carcasses that were killed by predators like mink and bears unfortunately.
Part of spawning counting of salmon is also find many carcasses and we record the species, male or female and length. We also dissected the whole fish we found to find if they had been able to partially or fully spawn. This picture is of a chum salmon on the beach at Roberts Creek estuary.
Photo Credit: John Law
Underwater view from the GoPro camera of spawning chum in Roberts Creek.
Invasive Plant Removal events held monthly are an important part of the work by streamkeepers volunteers. A healthy riparian area is vital for the survival of salmon in the streams.
Juvenile Fish Trapping: Cutthroat fry caught while trapping. Trapping young fry enables streamkeepers to know that the creek is healthy and to know the species of fish and numbers.
Creeks of the Sunshine Coast that SC Streamkeepers monitor.