March 17, 2013

Chum Fry Identified on Sunny Spring Stroll Along Byrne Ck.

Yumi and I took advantage of this sunny day to look for fry - salmon babies - in Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby where we volunteer as streamkeepers. Pina, another volunteer, had seen fry nearly a week ago, so we knew they were popping out of the gravel where they'd been laid as eggs by spawning salmon last fall.

Please note that it is illegal to net fry, and streamkeepers do so for ID purposes only with permission from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Here are few shots of the chum fry we saw today, and the burgeoning spring colours.

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My heart soars to see the creek running clear and bright.

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A sighting of the blue-earmuffed, red-gloved, rubber-booted
Japanese-Canadian streamkeeper!

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And there they are, a school of chum fry. Whew! This is so rewarding
to streamkeeper volunteers to see the salmon life-cycle perpetuated
in a troubled urban creek.

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Posted by Paul at March 17, 2013 09:39 PM