Shore-spawning Kokanee Research and Restoration Project
The Shore-spawning Kokanee Research and Restoration Project, led by the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society, focuses on collecting data and restoring habitat for declining shore-spawning Kokanee in the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. Gravel installed at a lower elevation than the current rearing habitat will encourage Kokanee to spawn at elevations unaffected by fluctuations in the hydrograph. It is expected that Kokanee will show a preference for restored habitat, reducing the risk of redds being de-watered in the spring.
Update: Improving kokanee habitat
Creating spawning habitat at McDonalds Landing Regional Park: 80 m3 of clean spawning gravel was added to a 50-m-long stretch of water near the shoreline along the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, north of Nelson. It provides new habitat for declining shore-spawning kokanee and reduces the risk of redds being dewatered in the spring. Friends of Kootenay Lake led the project with help from the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and funding from the FWCP.