Jacquet River Salmon Barrier

The Jacquet River Salmon Barrier is part of the Jacquet River Salmon Restoration project, a program initially implemented by the provincial government to help restore the salmon population in the Jacquet River following population decline caused by habitat degradation.

Jacquet River Salmon Barrier

The barrier increases the survival rate of salmon by preventing them from continuing up the river until an optimal time. As the salmon return to spawn the barrier is spaced so that smaller fish may pass, but breeding salmon are detained. Once the best time arrives, usually mid-fall, the salmon are released up-river en masse and are allowed to continue to their spawning grounds. During the time the salmon are detained there is a contingent of approximately eight workers who measure and record data from the salmon to track sizes and return rates. During the 18-20 week period that the program runs the workers monitor the site 24 hours a day.

In addition to the processing of the returning salmon, a tank containing up to 3,000 fry (young salmon) from a local hatchery is kept on-site.

Jacquet River Salmon Barrier

Each fall at the barrier, selected adult salmon are milked for eggs and sperm. The eggs are then fertilized and hatched at a local hatchery. the following spring the fry are brought back to the tank and kept there until the fall. The fry are slowly acclimatized to their environment and the water by gradually flushing the tank with river water. The fry are then released into the river in hopes that they will mature and return to breed. While death rates of salmon eggs average around 90% In addition to the processing of the returning salmon, a tank containing up to 3 000 fry (young salmon) from a local hatchery is kept on-site. Each fall at the barrier, selected adult salmon are milked for eggs and sperm. The eggs are then fertilized and hatched at a local hatchery. the following spring the fry are brought back to the tank and kept there until the fall. The fry are slowly acclimatized to their environment and the water by gradually flushing the tank with river water. The fry are then released into the river in hopes that they will mature and return to breed. While death rates of salmon eggs average around 90%. In addition to the scientific monitoring of the site, the site is quite scenic and offers the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Jacquet River.

Jacquet River Salmon Barrier

The site includes a museum and information center. The Salmon Barrier is located just off Highway 11 where it crosses the Jacquet River.

Resources:
Salmon Conservation
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