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Chum Fry Release

Miami River
Streamkeepers Society (MRSS) members, with the help of the DFO community
advisor, released 5000 Chum salmon fry into the Miami River on Wednesday, April
28, 2021.  The three week old Chum from
the Chehalis River Hatchery spend a few days imprinting on the Miami before
embarking on a journey to the Pacific via the Harrison and Fraser rivers, returning
in three and half years. The release is part of DFO’s Salmonid Enhancement Program to conserve Pacific Salmon
stocks. 

Since 2006, MRSS have partnered with the Village
of Harrison Hot Springs on riparian restoration projects along the greenway,
planting thousands of native plants to improve the damaged habitat.  Healthy riparian areas help maintain good
water quality by reducing erosion, providing shade and shelter and providing food
for aquatic life.  Streamkeepers   work routinely to keep the riparian healthy by
removing invasive plants, garden waste and other dumped trash.

Miami River Aquatic Sampling 2013

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Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat Trout

The Miami River was sampled from McCallum road to Harrison Lake. Sampling occurred over two weeks in May and two weeks in July. Fish were trapped using ‘Feddes’ traps that were set overnight and baited with cat food. Traps were set approximately 150m apart extending almost the entire length of the Miami River.

Fish Species Count
Salish sucker 178
Coho (fry/smolt) 152
Chinook (fry/smolt) 19
Cutthroat trout 27
Rainbow Trout 4
Large Scale sucker 1
Northern Pikeminnow 127
Red-side shiner 1742
Prickly sculpin 6
Three-spine stickleback 651
Pumpkin seed 102
Fathead minnow 76
Brown bullhead 7
Red-legged frog 26
Rough-skinned newt 6
Northwestern Salamander 16
Green frog 13
Crayfish 20
 Total 3173

Agassiz Slough and Miami River Aquatic Sampling 2012

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Letter to the Editor Agassiz-Harrison-Hope Observer Summer 2012

Jill Miners, Agassiz

For the past four months I have had the opportunity to study the Agassiz Slough and Miami River watersheds as part of my Masters thesis at UBC. Part of my project is to estimate the population size of the endangered Salish sucker and also look at other fish presence and abundance. In Agassiz Slough I set traps from outside the dyke, all along Tuttyens road and along McDonald road. The Miami River was trapped from McCallum road to the floodgates.       In total I caught almost 800 fishes and 40 amphibians in Agassiz Slough and nearly 4000 fishes and 20 amphibians in Miami River, including juvenile salmon and adult trout. I identified about 20 different species in each watershed. The table below highlights some of the interesting species and abundance from each watershed. So next time you wander by or along your local watershed watch to see if you can see fish jumping.

Salish Sucker

Salish Sucker

 

Salish Sucker Agassiz Slough = 197
Miami River = 134
Coho and Chinook Salmon
fry and smolt
Agassiz Slough = 2 (last year I found 30)
Miami River = 632
Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout Agassiz Slough = 24
Miami River = 23
Large-scale Sucker Agassiz Slough = 6
Miami River = 14
 Red side shiner Agassiz Slough = 194
Miami River = 2175
Three-spine Stickleback Agassiz Slough = 246
Miami River = 708
 Roughskin Newt
and other amphibians
Agassiz Slough = 40
Miami River = 20
Coho Salmon

Coho Salmon