As June is now upon us the weather is starting to warm up and water temperatures are rising. [14c] This means that our Wild Coho have been making their journey out to the Salish Sea and parts beyond.
Some interesting research by Oregon State University and recently published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
Basically they have studied the mating selection between adults and found that through there olfactory senses they can smell the chemical markers for genetic selection of their mates based on gene selection for disease resistance, unlike hatchery fish who for some reason lose the ability to do this thus reducing their ocean survival.
This latest research further justifies our stance many years ago when we rejected the hatchery model to recover our Wild Salmon stocks on the streams that we steward.
As more and more research comes forward we can start to see that if we want to have our grandkids and there grandkids to experience Wild Salmon we must do all we can to preserve these last runs of Wild Salmon.
This makes it more important to protect what habitat we have left that is relatively wild in nature even if the stream runs through your backyard.
If we begin to look at our streams as the life blood of Wild Salmon doing all we can to protect and, most importantly, not conduct any activities that will alter or harm this important habitat.
Habitat, a natural home for animals, plants or other organisms yes this does include those bushes and trees that grow along our streams.
Please resist the human trait of always wanting to control and manage nature for our own wants, whether real or imaginary.
Cutting or removal of any vegetation around a stream means less and less habitat for all flora and fauna that call these places home.
Of course the use of herbicides and pesticides around aquatic environs should be a given that they are a determent to all life not only the bugs or so called weeds you do not like and the knock on effect to our Wild Salmon can only be detrimental to their overall health.
Many years ago when there seemed to be more awareness of environmental issue residents all over the island put a stop to the spraying along the railroad tracks due to concerns with 2/4D entering our drinking water supply.
Fast-forward to the present and now the railroad sprays with no input from the public and up in the upper watersheds the logging company’s spray on a regular basis to so called control competitive species. [Alder, Arbutus. Willow etc]