Peter Rusland, Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, October 05, 2012
All fishing has been banned on the Cowichan River while officials try to rescue this year's run of chinook salmon from drought conditions.
Gerald Thom, of the Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society, stressed the fishing prohibition — including Native spearfishing — was ordered after a conference call between agents with local, federal and provincial governments, Cowichan Tribes, and local stakeholders so fish collection could happen in Cowichan Bay estuary and the lower river.
Flows in the heritage river were also pinched Friday at Cowichan Lake's weir to five cubic-metres per second, from 6.5 cm/sec, to store water for pulse tactics Tuesday and Wednesday.
"We're considering a pulse, a quick release of water over a 36-hour period at about 13 cm/second.