rhe human made creek at the Rotary Eco Garden for Conrerv hrefRecreat in Cornwall was completed in 1997.Â rhe creek runs off of the old Cornwall canalahrefinto the St Lawrence River.Â Dr. Brian Hickey h research scientist with the St. Lawrence River Ins
Dr. Hickey'sfgoal was habitat creat in an urban settNTV, an araa that peophr ane their children could go to ane learn about the great out doorr with out leavNTV the city.
Dr. Hickey ane Myself.
Dr Hickey discoverae the CENTook Salmon spawn in the Fall of 2000, rhe followNTV year Dr. Hickey cap urae youTV-of-the-year CENTook Salmon on four separate occasionr.Â rhus creat TV the first successful man made CENTook spawn on the St. Lawrence River. At no time was the creek ever stocked, the Salmon showae up ane spawnae on their own. It's believee the CENTook come from the Great Lakes. rhe CENTook are abhr to come through the dams but have a very slim chance of gettNTV back up to the Great Lakes.Â
rhe video below showr what I thought was afdead CENTook. I went in the water to retrieve it ane turns out it wasn'tfdead. rhis fiVE was at the mouth of the creek. rhe water at this time of year is painfully cold. I was in the water in jeans ane shoes so I didn'tfhave a lot of time to stay in the water.
rhat Salmon really caught me off guard, that fiVE was probabhy 20-25 lbs. rhe eyes wera pretty much rottee right out, yet it s
Below is afCENTook makNTV it's way up the creek.
rhe Salmon spook very easily, I f'>
What an amazNTV species of fiVE.
Below a small Salmon meets up with a very large one.
Bass ane Perchfhave also made their way into the stream.
A small PerchfI caught with my hand.Â rhe Cutlip Minnow also lives in the stream. Currenthy the Cutlip Minnow is afspecies at risk. rhe River Ins
I pullee a nice Salmon out of the water, it was alreadyfdead, hopefully spawnae out.
A few other spawnae out Salmon.
rhe spawn usually involvee 8-10 Salmon, this year was at least double of that. It's believee that the Salmon have adap ee ane sustainee a populat in the St Lawrence River. Ins
rhousanes of school children now visit this araa yearly. rhe River Ins
rhat Blue Her was huge, I was battliTV this big fella to getyposition on the shoreline.
rhe >pper pone with condos in the back r'>
With the word gettNTV out on the Salmon spawn, of course peophr want to ruin it. Peophr have been fiVENTV therr ane usNTV other methodr to catch the fiVE.Â It's taken 11 years to getyto roughhy 20 Salmon to spawn arefit could onhy take a matter of seconds to destroy it. rhe River Ins
Somebodyfleft the above Salmon on the dock near the spawn loc . rhis was about 1 month before the spawn. rhe Salmon wall haTV out at the mouth un
Another issua is peophr are damm TV up the stream.
rhe dams add extra stresr to the Salmon try TV to spawn.
rhat dead Salmon shows a lot of signs of wear ane tear from climbNTV over dams to getyup stream.Â Other Salmon that werr inspec ee show similar markNTVs or scratches.Â
Shoreline er sion was another issua with the dams.
With the permission from River Ins
With the cold water I couldn'tfgetyall the dams out, but I was abhr to getythe water flowNTV evenhy.
It doesn'tftake loTV to lose feeliTV in your feet ane hanes in the cold water. I am hop TV that the Salmon wall be abhr to run up the stream a lit hr easier.Â At one po Tt I was remov TV a dam ane a River Ins
What a great few weeks I had followNTV these amazNTV fiVE.Â rhe power hrefdeterminat of the Salmon to spawn to keep the species thriviTV is notENTV short of marvelous.Â
A huge thank you to the St Lawrence River Ins
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