Keogh River

Partners: Moore Lab – Simon Fraser University and Kwakiutl First Nation
Client: BC Ministry of Environment and Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Time Frame: 1998 – Present
Location: Port Hardy, BC
Key Services: Stock Assessment, Statistical Modelling, Telemetry, Habitat Assessment, Habitat Restoration

The Keogh River salmonid project has been ongoing since the late 1970s and boasts one of the longest time series of steelhead abundance and marine survival in the world. IFR has been working on the Keogh River for nearly two decades, using rigorous stock assessment methods and cutting-edge technologies to study steelhead and salmon ecology. IFR employs resistivity fish counters, and radio and PIT telemetry to provide detailed information on movement ecology, migration timing, habitat use, and population structure. With an exceptionally long time series, researchers can use the Keogh River as a model system to investigate the impacts of environmental and anthropogenic change on salmonid populations.

Recent Publications

Atlas, W.I., T.W. Buehrens, D.J. McCubbing, R. Bison, and J.W. Moore. 2015. Implications of spatial contraction for density dependence and conservation in a depressed population of anadromous fish. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72:1-12.

Friedland, K.D., B.R. Ward, D.W. Welch, and S.A. Hayes. 2014. Postsmolt growth and thermal regime define the marine survival of steelhead from the Keogh River, British Columbia. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 6:1-11.