Fraser slide a threat to smaller fish

The Prince George Citizen - - News -

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.

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