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Kokanee Salmon Heritage Project
The Kokanee Salmon Heritage Project was developed as a result of the myriad of questions about Kokanee which arose during school and public interpretation talks at Mission Creek Spawning Channel, Kelowna, BC. The scientific authority for the project is Dr. Peter Dill, a researcher on trout and salmon in Canada for over forty years and on Kokanee in the Okanagan since the mid 1980s. The online project was developed by the Living Landscapes project of the Royal British Columbia Museum and the RBCM has granted permission to the Lake Country Heritage and Cultural Society to reproduce it on its website. Click once on photo to enlarge.
- Shore-spawning kokanee alevin stranded on beach as lake-level dropped.
- In search of dewatered shore-spawning kokanee alevin. Note higher water mark showing lake depth at spawning.
- Shore-spawning kokanee salmon in Okanagan Lake. Note large size of gravel, single female on right with egg distended belly, and numerous males courting. Photograph by Desmond Murray of the Capital News.
- Shore-spawning kokanee. Female digging. Males courting female.
- Stream-spawning kokanee. Probably a three year old brownish coloured female and a four year old reddish coloured male.
- Equipment for sampling stream-spawning kokanee fry as they outmigrate the spawning channel into Mission Creek and Okanagan Lake. The data is used to estimate the productivity of the channel.