The Brem River in Toba Inlet historically had peak annual escapements of 10,000 Coho (1970), 35,000 Pink, 7,500 Chum, 2,000 Chinook (1970) and 3,500 Steelhead. It was described as a very stable river and an excellent producer of Coho, Pink and Steelhead in 1959. Within a few years, the effects of logging were noted: in 1965, half the redds (egg nests) were lost due to unstable discharge; in 1979, a 20' change between the height of summer and winter flows was documented. By 1984, most of the lower river’s banks and channels were scarred and eroded. A Watershed Restoration Program proposal in 1994 indicated that the river still supported an important and uncommon summer run of Steelhead as well as a winter run of Steelhead, Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout, and Dolly Varden in addition to the salmon species. The proposal recommended road deactivation, slope stabilization and erosion control.
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|Last Updated on Thursday, 30 August 2012 00:34|