Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fish kill sparks cleanup at North Vancouver's Mackay Creek - 10th Aug 2011

A North Shore car dealer and a conservation group are coming together to clean up a stream where scores of salmon were found dead last month.

Staff from North Shore Kia and members of the Coho Society will be descending on North Vancouver's Mackay Creek Aug. 21 to get rid of garbage and non-native weeds and to stencil yellow salmon warnings near storm drains that empty into the waterway in an effort to improve conditions for the fish. They will also be hauling out the remains of at least one defunct car.

The project, which falls under the company's larger Drive Change campaign, was motivated in part by a story that appeared in the North Shore News about the hundred or so coho that perished mysteriously in the creek July 8, according to the dealership. The fish, whose deaths are still unexplained, were discovered by a group of young children who were on an outing with a member of the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation.

"I use to teach Grade 4, and two years ago at the school I worked for, we raised salmon from eggs and then released them," said Shannon Soper, operations manager of North Shore Kia.

"So when I found out that these kids were being taken to see salmon being released, and instead they saw dead salmon, it hurt." Read More