Fraser slide a threat to smaller fish
Officials are uncertain whether limited success in getting some salmon species past a rock slide in British Columbia’s Fraser River will work with smaller fish expected to arrive in the coming days.
Michael Crowe, with the Department Fisheries and Oceans, says an estimated 1.5 million pink salmon will pass through the remote area but they’re weaker swimmers than chinook and sockeye, and coho and steelhead will show up soon afterwards.
He says engineering work to blast rock obstructing the passage of five species of salmon is challenging. Crews have managed to transport nearly 60,000 salmon by helicopter since the slide was discovered in June.