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Posted by Brunella Battista on September 6, 2015 at 4:35 PM

For many Fraser River odd Pink years after 1913 , no pink salmon were

seen on their spawning grounds above Hells Gate !

By 1944 the blockages at Hells Gate was still the major cause of the

continuing poor runs of returning Fraser River Sockeye and Pink Salmon


Two major salmon ladders were built in the winters of 1944 to 1946 ,

one on each bank of the river .

A new single "Low Level ", left bank salmon ladder was constructed in

1966 , with a low river level, left bank operating range of 10 feet .

Today the Fraser River discharge at Hope B. C. is 19% lower than

average and the low river operating range of the 1966 salmon fish way

has probably reached near the operating range of 10 feet ?


The Hell Gate slides of 1913 and 1914 caused a estimated drop in

abundance of Interior Pink salmon to about one quarter of that before

1913 ! Today the adjusted salmon fish ways probably has only the

1966 left bank low level salmon passage operating during the very low

water levels in the Hells Gate Canyon area ! This could be only

verified by the Pacific Salmon Commission or D. F. O.


To achieve historic levels of over 22 million Interior Pink Salmon or

more , "there must be no OBSTRUCTIONS to the migration of salmon up

and down the Fraser River " Quote by the I. P. S. F. C. 1974 !


Terry Slack " From the North and Middle arms of the Fraser River"


" Some Quotes from the International Pacific Salmon Fisheries

Commission 1974 " and "Salmon our Heritage by Lyons"


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