Bridge to be placed at Birch Island Creek for fish conservation efforts
© Photo by Bonnie Learning/The Labradorian
Tony Chubbs is president of the Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association
Who would have ever thought a bridge could help migrating fish?
Apparently, it can, as the Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association (LHAFA) plans on constructing one at Birch Island Creek in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
The LHAFA recently received $78,680 from the federal government — through the Department of Fisheries and Oceans — under its Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program.
The LHAFA will be partnering with Healthy Waters Labrador for the project.
“The plan is to build a single-span bridge across the road which connects the creek,” explained Tony Chubbs, president of the LHAFA.
“The culverts there now block the fish passage when the water levels drop.”
Chubbs explained in mid- to late-September brook trout come up the creek to spawn, which the bridge will make much easier for the fish.
“We are also planning on creating a spawning habitat with loose gravel for the brook trout,” said Chubbs.
He added many other species of fish also call the creek their home, such as northern pike, sticklebacks, and two different types of sucker fish.
“This bridge will help make a better habitat for all these species,” said Chubbs.
Chubbs noted further up the road from the bridge, they will be also be replacing the old concrete culverts with metal ones.
“The metal culverts will help with water control, which will help prevent flooding and that sort of thing.”
Chubbs said his group is aiming to have the new metal culverts installed before the end of the summer, and the bridge installed this fall.