2018: River Otters on the Nile

  A pair of river otters were recently spotted on Nile Creek in the pools above the hatchery. Not good news for the coho fry who spent their first year in these pools! It appears this visit was short lived as I suspect the pair of river otters had other issues on their mind. January-February …

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Oct 2015: Re-Planting Annie Creek

Annie Creek Restoration Site
Annie Creek Restoration Site

Through our collaboration with Trout Unlimited Canada and Vancouver Island University, a program was initiated called the Nile Creek – Qualicum Bay Watershed Renewal Program. Through this program, data collection and assessments on all our local streams has been done over the last five years by biologist, Marc Gaboury, and university fisheries students.

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OCTOBER 2015 – Fallen Trees Block Passage of Returning Pinks

Wind, heavy rains and weakened banks caused several alders to fall across the creek creating yet more obstacles for the few returning pinks. The homeowner located midway up Charlton Drive reported the problem and assisted in the removal of the fallen trees. Many thanks to Phil, Bob, Corley, Gord and Jack for wading in and …

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Kelp Restoration Research Project

Bull kelp project sites in central Strait of Georgia 2015
Bull kelp project sites in central Strait of Georgia 2015

This project is a collaboration of the Nile Creek Enhancement Society (NCES) and the Comox Valley Project Watershed Society (PW) to research methods for restoration of Bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) in the trend towards warming waters in central Strait of Georgia.

In 2015, the project was included in Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Salish Sea Marine Survival Project (SSMSP). Our main research site, a culture grid at Maude Reef, Hornby Island, produced a large biomass (several thousand kilograms) of bull kelp that was studied by divers and extensively sampled for a wide range of environmental conditions.

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JULY 2015 – Clean-up becomes an on-going theme

July brought more activity to the area around the culvert as sand and silt were removed from the cement catch basin near the culvert and sand removed from the catch basin at the water inlet for the hatchery. Photos courtesy of Jack Gillen.