What we do

If there's one word that best describes what many QISES volunteers do today, that word would be 'stream keeping.' Stream keeping is a practice based on emulating nature's success strategies for raising salmon. Key elements are stream knowledge, observation, and natural engineering to make aquatic environments more welcoming to spawning fish and salmon fry.  

Creek walk

QISES members walk over an engineered rock pile that introduces a salmon-friendly meander to a stretch of Hyacinthe Creek

Years of trial (and a healthy bit of error) has coalesced into how we define and carry out salmon enhancement in 2018. In addition to our stream keeping activities, we put a lot of attention into drought-proofing the most productive salmon streams on the island, saving winter rainwater for release in the drier months.

The measure of our success – and that of the salmon – is something we can only determine when we do our fall fish counts. All hands are on deck for this one! Volunteers walk the streams once or twice every week, or operate the counting fence once a day, for a span of two months when the salmon return to the place of their birth.

Volunteers are also involved in the operation of the Salmon EcoCentre in our old Hatchery building, and in related community education programs. Helping people understand how their actions connect to healthy watersheds is an important part of our work. 

Read more about:

• What we've learned about stream keeping

• The necessity of drought-proofing

• How we measure success: the fall fish counts

. The EcoCentre