|Auke Creek--looking towards the ocean|
Every morning for work the first place that I go is to the weir to count sockeye (and all the other types of fish mentioned in the last post).
The weir spans Auke Creek entirely, and the only spot where fish are able to move upstream or downstream is through a little (1 foot) opening that leads into a big trap. This allows us to get an exact count of all the fish moving up the creek. In the winter the weir is in the downstream position, and all of the out-migrating fish can be counted.
|Auke Creek--looking toward the lake.|
Auke Creek is a fairly short creek that drains Auke Lake, and runs into Auke Bay. The weir is located just above tidewater. The salmon are collected into the trap and once or twice a day we come down and count them and take a tissue sample to extract DNA from. Then they are released into the creek on the upstream side of the weir to go spawn.
|The trap. It is about 12x24 feet. I could go back and take a picture that is in focus--but I probably won't.|
|Fishes in the creek--upstream side.|
Now I am gonna go play. It is a gorgeous Saturday that is supposed to hit 80F, and we are going to hang out at a beach barbecue, and go hiking, and other fun stuff.
And I will go buy shoes another day, when it is raining. I have a pair picked out though, I swear.
Also, it is salmon derby weekend, which seems to be some sort of weird holiday here. It pretty much means that we can't go kayaking, even though the water is supposed to be perfect. Oh well, we will have all winter to go out in the boats.