Sackville River Fishway Counts – 1997 to 2014

Here is a bit of information to indicate the issue we face – an overall declining trend in Atlantic salmon returns interspersed with peaks and valleys in the counts. These counts are from the Sackville River fishway and fish trap at Heflers Falls below Webber Lake.

Although these numbers are not a total count of Atlantic salmon population in the river, they are representative of the overall population – how representative they are depends on river conditions from year to year (i.e. how many salmon jump the falls and bypass the fish trap/fishway).

Below are the counts for the fishway from 1997 to 2014

SRA FIshway count 1997 to 2014 -1 SRA FIshway count 1997 to 2014 -2So far this year we are at 31 salmon through the trap (2 adult and 29 grilse) – quite low compared to historic numbers, but the highest number we have had since 2011 and almost as many as we have had in the past three years combined. Lets hope this trend will continue.

Looking at the graph above with the average indicated, one could estimate (very roughly with little data to perform any significant statistical analysis) that the time between peaks in the numbers is about 4 years – we are 7 years out from the last peak in the data currently. The inflection in the data looks like it was in 2013, so is 2015 the next peak (late) or the up-slope to a new peak in the years to come (very late)? Stay tuned…

3rd Annual Spring Duck Run Race – May 23, 2015

Sackville Rivers Association, Boys and Girls Club of Sackville, and Acadia Recreation Club wish to thank all of those who participated in the 3rd Annual Spring Duck Run Race by purchasing a corporate, family, or youth duck for the race which took place on Saturday May 23rd.

We would also like to have a special thanks go out to our event sponsors – Investors Group of Bedford, the Sackville Business Association, and Scotiabank Sackville Drive.

We are pleased to list the winners of the race below:

Corporate Race

  • 1st Place – CBCL
  • 2nd Place – Beaton’s Towing
  • 3rd Place – WSP Canada Inc.

Family Race

  • 1st Place – Lane Collins
  • 2nd Place – Zachery Peverill
  • 3rd Place – Peggy Power

Youth Race

  1. Tina Hancock
  2. Matthew Curtis
  3. Cloe Butler
  4. Spencer Landry
  5. Myles Vaughan
  6. Silvia Vaughan
  7. Mark Ploughman
  8. Montana Regan
  9. Erin
  10. Colby Cummings

We would also like to thank CBCL for their great effort put into the Best Dressed Duck in the corporate race as well (see below) – one of their ducks came to the race in an integrated a Formula 1 Race car! Although the duck placed near to the end of the pack (or flock), at least it did still win a prize. Thank you to CBCL for the imagination, time, and effort that went into this Best Dressed Duck winner!

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SRA AGM – Thursday June 4th, 2015

Sackville Rivers Association Annual General Meeting
Thursday June 4, 2015
7pm at 45 Connolly Road, Middle Sackville, NS
Sackville Heights Community Center, 50+ Room

Come out and help Sackville Rivers Association (SRA) vote for directors, voice your concerns over the Association, and discuss where you would like to see SRA go in the future. If anyone is interested in becoming a director, or knows anyone who is, please come out and put your name (or theirs) forward. Come out and become a member or renew your membership. Help SRA continue to serve the greater Sackville area and the Sackville River Watershed in general!

Spring Duck Run Race 2015

Due to the super-sized, bonus, and  long-play winter, we have delayed the Spring Duck Run Race until May 23rd. That gives more time for you to buy your duck!

SDRR POSTER with SB SBA IG sponsors

Here is an idea of how you can decorate your duck. Way to go Sackville Business Association!



DAMS donates $562 to SRA!

The Dalhousie Association of Marine Biology Students (DAMS) made a donation to SRA from its membership March 12, 2015 to our general restoration efforts in the Sackville River Watershed. SRA wishes to thank DAMS for their many years of support to our cause.