Understanding and restoring connectivity for Atlantic salmon in the Gold River watershed
The proposed project will focus on watershed information and database development within the Gold River Watershed, one of the thirteen priority watersheds as listed by the Southern Uplands Atlantic Salmon Collaborative Working Group. Through fish passage assessments, the creation of a Gold River Watershed aquatic connectivity database will be built. This database could be used for future production of a Gold River Watershed Plan, assisting in prioritizing potential restoration opportunities for additional projects. Gathering information for this preliminary database will involve field work and ground truthing via electrofishing surveys and Habitat Suitability Index assessments to identify Atlantic salmon presence, distribution, and suitable habitat. Additionally, Coastal Action will install fish passage improvement structures, such as chutes and baffles, to culverts in the Gold River Watershed impeding fish passage. Finally, Coastal Action will deliver public educational presentations, to youth and young adults in the community, regarding Atlantic salmon conservation and watershed health.
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