|Colquitz Fish Fence - all photos courtesy of the GCTA|
|One of the Colquitz Coho|
On November 2nd of this year they counted 446 fish, a new record that is much higher than the past recorded record of 162 in one day.
|In an inner city suburb it is good when nature is not far off|
The recovery of the Gorge waterway and the Colquitz are examples of what can be done when people put their mind to making positive change. It is a great example that doom and gloom is not the only path, we can make changes to improve the world. There was a time when the Gorge was filled with raw sewage as well as pollution from the Inner Harbour. The Colquitz was effectively nothing more than a fetid drainage ditch. Now we have a strong return of the fish, we see otters and seals in the Gorge, we can swim again in the waters. In about half a generation we recovered the waterway heart of this region.
These fish remarkably have swum past two bridge construction projects. They also all swum through the Inner Harbour with all the floatplanes, yachts and the Coho ferry.
There are reports of spawning salmon on the Colquitz as far as Mann Ave, in the Copley Park area and Swan Creek upstream from Violet ave. The most common place for the Coho to spawn is on a small gravel bed near the fish fence.
I have not heard for certain, but I hear other creeks in the region are having decent salmon runs.
|A view of the fish fence in operation|
The work to recover the Colquitz to what it can be has been done by hundreds of volunteers. People have done this not because they are being paid to do it, but they have done it because it is the right thing to do. Humans by nature are cooperative and have a deep need to make the world a better place.
Colquitz Salmonid Stewardship and Education Society
Gorge Tillicum Community Association
Julian Anderson and his friends of Cuthbert Holmes
The District of Saanich
Gorge Waterway Initiative
and others that I have missed.
|Chris Bos of the Colquitz Salmonid Stewardship and Education Society at work|