Salmon in East Vancouver? Miraculous Reappearance After 80 Years
Chum salmon are spawning again at an urban creek in the heart of East Vancouver.
The salmon returned this week to Still Creek, which sits in a ravine surrounded by warehouses and a nearby Skytrain line. The creek — running into Burnaby and through pipes to the Brunette and Fraser rivers — was once one of the most polluted streams in the province, thanks to urban garbage, sewage and toxic chemicals.
According to area resident Carmen Rosen, last year was the first time in 80 years salmon had spawned at Still Creek. She’s thrilled they’re back now, proving that last fall’s occurrence wasn’t a fluke.
“It was something I didn’t really think I’d see in my own lifetime,” says Rosen. “I thought we had done such terrible things to the creek that the fish just couldn’t survive, but here they were coming back and spawning in our creek.”
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