Photo generously donated by Eiko Jones
Why did we choose salmon for this fundraiser?
The 440 meters of steel wall that lines the Kus-kus-sum site is used by seals to effectively prey on salmon as they pass the site going down river as juveniles and up river as adults. There is no salt marsh for the salmon to hide in and no channel for them to escape into. Female seals have been recorded placing their young along the wall near the surface of the water. Then these mothers dive down and chase salmon into the wall and up into the mouths of their young. Because of these factors the wall has been nicknamed the “Killing Wall”.
Salmon already have a hard enough journey going from egg to spawner. From each thousand eggs that are laid, only a few adult salmon survive to continue their species. We initiated this fundraiser as a reminder that restoring Kus-kus-sum will give salmon going up into or coming down from the Puntledge, Browns, Morrison and Tsolum Rivers a better chance of survival. Please help us remove the killing wall and save salmon at Kus-kus-sum.