Wearing his ‘The River never Sleeps’ T-shirt, Frank Young congratulates Jack Van Delft for his winning entry. Photo taken at Salish Park, near the location of the coho sighting.

Wearing his ‘The River never Sleeps’ T-shirt, Frank Young congratulates Jack Van Delft for his winning entry. Photo taken at Salish Park, near the location of the coho sighting.

Video of salmon spawning in Brooklyn Creek a contest winner

A walk along Brooklyn Creek is an uplifting experience.

To know salmon live in the creek makes it that much more special.

However, many people who haven’t actually seen a fish in the Ccreek have difficulty believing they exist. Hence, Frank Young, a former director of Brooklyn Creek Watershed Society, proposed a reward be posted for anyone who can demonstrate the existence of coho in the creek through videography or photography.

Passionate about the positive influence such a project would have on the community, Young himself put up the funds for the reward and the production of the signs.

“We needed a way to demonstrate or prove fish are in the creek,” Young said.

In late 2019, Brooklyn Creek Watershed Society posted the challenge on its website as well as installing signs along the creek asking people to submit photos or video of coho in the creek.

A total of nine entries were submitted and can be viewed on the Brooklyn Creek Watershed Society website, http://www.brooklyncreek.ca. The reward was given to Jack Van Delft for his video of a spawning coho in Salish Park in Comox.

The Brooklyn Creek Watershed Society posted these signs along Brooklyn Creek in late 2019 challenging local citizens to ‘capture’ a spawning coho salmon. d

Young was very pleased to see his project spark interest in the local community. The hope is to repeat this very positive exercise again next year.

The Brooklyn Creek Watershed Society encourages citizens of the Comox Valley to take some time to walk along the forest pathways of Brooklyn Creek. The society’s motto, “Uniting Communities,” recognizes that Brooklyn Creek originates in Courtenay at Crown Isle and former Longlands golf course and flows through the regional district and Comox. Activities that occur in the watershed can impact the health of the stream and its ability to support salmon.

The Brooklyn Creek Watershed Society thanks everyone who took an interest in the project and encourages everyone to keep an eye out for salmon in the creek.

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