Chum salmon return to Brunette in record numbersChum salmon return to Brunette in record numbers<div class="ExternalClass79B73EFA486C4F94B2431DF19CC91A7A"><p>2016 has been a record year for <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/217910799" target="_blank">chum salmon returning to spawn in Vancouver's and Burnaby's waterways</a>, with local rivers and creeks experiencing the biggest run in decades, if not ever.</p><p>Metro Vancouver's completion of a significant new fishway adjacent to the Cariboo Dam in Burnaby Lake Regional Park in 2011 was instrumental, and arguably one of the most important factors, to the high numbers of salmon able to migrate beyond the Cariboo Dam and up the Brunette River and Still Creek. The new fishway is lined with sand, rocks and boulders, simulating a natural creek. It replaced an existing structure that was shaped like a ladder and much more difficult for fish of all types and sizes to navigate. The new fishway was identified as a key action in the Still Creek Integrated Stormwater Management Plan which was adopted by the GVS&DD Board in 2007. </p><p>In an interview with the Burnaby Now, published on November 1, 2016, internationally-celebrated conservationist Mark Angelo notes that the new fishway was the "major turnaround." Angelo explained that construction of the 2011 fishway allows fish to swim in and out of Burnaby Lake with more ease: "ever since they (Metro Vancouver) did that, we've been seeing an increase in salmon get over the dam and get into the creeks and streams in the upper part of the watershed."</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue27-chum-salmon.jpg2016-12-16T08:00:00ZGP0|#77c8bf31-ba4e-4420-81d0-cfb64b6f8744;L0|#077c8bf31-ba4e-4420-81d0-cfb64b6f8744|Issue 27;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass8879FDCC76CB4912AA1B1C6C1302C72D"><p>​Metro Vancouver’s recently completed fishway near the Cariboo Dam in Burnaby Lake Regional Park is proving itself this year with a banner chum salmon run.</p></div>0