Paddle from Dartmouth Cove to Sackville, then hike up the Bedford—Sackville Connector Greenway
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
So far this year we are at 24 salmon through the trap (2 adult and 22 grilse) – quite low compared to historic numbers, but the highest number we have had since 2011 and more than we have had in the past two 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…
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:
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!
SRA would like to thank Const.Curt Wentzell for his work with the communities of Sackville, and in particular the time he has devoted to SRA. Congratulations Curt!