Supporting Kokanee: Our Role
We conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by BC Hydro dams, including Kokanee. It’s a priority species for the FWCP in the Columbia Region and our plans to support kokanee are in our Large Lakes Action Plan. We fund the delivery of a wide range of projects to help the species in two main ways:
- Through a letter of agreement with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) to deliver our ongoing operational (core) projects (e.g. the Nutrient Restoration Program in Kootenay Lake and Arrow Lakes Reservoir, and the Kokanee Spawning Channels at Hill Creek and Meadow Creek); and
- Funding projects though our annual grant application intake from public, stakeholders, First Nations and government (e.g. improving spawning habitat in Deer Creek led by the Okanagan Nation Alliance, and improving fish passage at Heart Creek, led by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure).
Below are some important links to information about, and the latest results from, several core projects that are helping Kokanee.
Kokanee Projects and Results
How Does the Nutrient Restoration Program Work? FAQ
Ten-Year Measurement Results from the Nutrient Restoration Program: Kootenay Lake
Ten-Year Measurement Results from the Nutrient Restoration Program: Arrow Lakes Reservoir
Kootenay Lake Nutrient Restoration Program Report (2013): Years 22 (North Arm) and Years 10 (South Arm)
Arrow Lakes Reservoir Nutrient Restoration Program Report (2014): Year 16
Spawning Channel Results: Hill Creek
Spawning Channel Results: Meadow Creek
The Provincial Role
The Fish and Wildlife Management Section of Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) is responsible for fisheries management decisions, such as fishing regulations or fry production targets for spawning channels. To review many of the activities being undertaken by FLNRO to help Kokanee, visit its website. There you will find links to, for example, the Kootenay Lake Recovery Plan, Kootenay Lake Sport Fishing Updates, and the annual Gerrard Rainbow Trout spawner returns.