Small Streams Survey Report (2006)

This report documents 127 previously undocumented salmon-bearing streams surveyed on BC’s central coast between 2003-2006 in Heiltsuk Territory.

Small Streams Survey Report (PDF)


Small stream surveys were carried out by members of the Heiltsuk Nation, volunteers, and staff of Raincoast Conservation Foundation between September 2003 and October 2006. Our objective was to document salmon presence in small streams throughout Heiltsuk Traditional Territory, and other areas of the central and north coasts of British Columbia.

We identified 121 streams with salmon and trout that had not previously been documented for fish presence. We also documented trout and salmon species previously unrecorded in 25 known salmonid streams. These stream surveys build on local knowledge, and create a comprehensive inventory of salmon resources that will facilitate the Heiltsuk First Nation in their discussions with resource managers. It has also identified important components of salmonid diversity and nutrient movement in this ecosystem.

This project is an essential element to making informed decisions around land and marine use activities on the central coast of British Columbia.

Report written and prepared by:
Nicola Temple, Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Surveys completed by: Stephen Anstee, Maeghan Culver, Howard Duncan, Chuck Hunt, Katharine Hunt, Andrew Joanisse, Heidi Krajewsky, Yuri Krajewsky, R. John Nelson, Ralph Nelson, Michael Price, Heather Recker, Teunis Jan Schouten, Charlie Seaford, Chester “Lone Wolf” Starr, Shawn Starr, Nicola Temple, Roger Temple, Martin van der Ven, Chris Williamson, Colin Williamson, and Jack Wilson

Mapping: Leigh Pieterse and Katrina Bennett

Design: Simone Buck

Photography: Nicola Temple, Ian McAllister, Chris Williamson, and Shelby Temple

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Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.
Photo by Dene Rossouw.