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Goals of this project are to:
This site had once been a giant wetland nursery and smorgasbord for the Necanicum River's juvenile salmon and trout - mostly coho and cutthroat - to feed and rear safe from predators and storm events before making their journey to the estuary and open ocean. The site was acquired several years ago by the North Coast Land Conservancy. We know that survival to adulthood and returning to spawn - particularly for coho - is tied closely to size and condition as smolts before transitioning to salt water, and smolts that rear in these alcoves, wetlands and marshes off the main river channel survive better and grown larger than mainstem-reared smolts. Restoring these areas means more wild adults coming back; more wild adults means better fishing, more wild spawning, more nutrients to the ecosystem when spawning is over, a healthier river and healthier wild fish.
Alan Moore - TU Northwest Director of Habitat Programs
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