Fern Androsoff (left) and Ashley Pifko (right) hold a net device used to rescue the fry.

Fry rescued from Robertson Creek

With creek running dry, low water levels prompts fry rescue mission from CLSES

Alarmingly low water levels in Robertson Creek in the early hours of the morning last Thursday saw the Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society move in to conduct a salmon fry rescue act.

Fern Androsoff and Ashley Pifko held a net device used to rescue the fry, which were then placed into white buckets before being transported elsewhere.

Bob Crandall from the CLSES, who was also at the scene, said “It is important for landowners adjacent to salmon streams to alert us to drying conditions as we cannot be everywhere at one time.  We were able to salvage more than 3,000 coho salmon fry from these drying waters. We are currently involved in a joined project with fry salvage that involves DNA collection for the purpose of eventually reseeding Lake Cowichan tributaries with a dwindling salmon species.”

Crandall and CLSES were alerted to the scene by Cliff Bergstrom with the water running dry as the creek runs through his property.