The Eel River Recovery Project (ERRP) lower Eel River salmon dive scheduled for Oct. 5 was changed to Oct. 12 because of lack of water clarity below the Van Duzen. The volunteer-assisted dive between Scotia and Dyerville with Humboldt Redwood Company occurred on Monday Oct. 7 because the Eel River is clear further upstream.
Future dives dates on lower Eel near Fortuna have shifted to Saturday, Oct. 26 and Nov. 9 if the river remains clear. More dives between Scotia and Dyerville with HRC will be held on the following Mondays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 11. Lower Eel dives start at the River Lodge in Fortuna at 8:30 a.m and Monday up-river dives will convene at Hoby’s Market in Scotia at 9 a.m.
The purpose of the counts is to develop trend data so that changes in fall Chinook abundance can be monitored, the community can be informed, and this valuable public trust resource protected. Volunteers are also invited to contact ERRP with accounts of migrations or spawning activity, including sharing photos and video (see www.eelriverrecovery.org).
The 2013 salmon dives are also co-sponsored by the Wiyot Tribe and partial funding for this years project comes from Patagonia.