Radio Canada: The River Walkers

There are only a handful of Pacific salmon charter patrolmen in British Columbia, much like these fish, which have been in steep decline for decades.

Cover Photo by Roland-Gockel

These river walkers travel hundreds of kilometers each year, by boat and even on foot, to count the salmon, which are essential to several ecosystems. Armed with manual counters, they estimate their number by one, two, or even a hundred at a time. This fieldwork provides crucial information for the protection of natural habitats on the west coast and decision-making for the future of the salmon, this emblem of the province. But for how much longer?