First rain brings surge of salmon
Source: Dan Ferguson, Peach Arch News
The weekend downpour was a boon to salmon, who took advantage of rising river levels to flood the Little Campbell Hatchery in South Surrey.
Hatchery manager Bob Oswald said the runoff from the rain into the Little Campbell River meant the arrival of 240 Chinook and 840 Coho on Saturday and Sunday.
“If it gets up to 20 or 40 millimetres (of rain), that’ll really get them going,” Oswald said.
Volunteers sorted through the fish, looking for notches on fins that indicate they came from the hatchery.
Only about five per cent were from the hatchery, Oswald estimates, but he expects more to show up in the weeks to come.
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