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GWA has done some foundational fish passage assessments and restoration prioritization work. Though there have been some restoration success stories, the many outstanding issues need to be highlighted and addressed. We also continue to look for ways to fill gaps in these assessments.

Some of the internal references of this work and supporting documents are listed below.

Outstanding fish passage barriers that were reassessed in 2015-2016 by Gitksan Watershed Authorities to report high priorities include seven priority sites that are very expensive and nine that are relatively lower cost due to shallow fill overtopping the culverts.

We hope to help bring to light recommendations for remedial planning and ground work and where more of this work is needed including long term legacy impacts such as the abandoned Upper Skeena BC Rail grade.

McCarthy, M and A. Fernando. 2016. Prioritizing Fish Passage Sites of Concern in Gitxsan Territory 2015. GWA Report submitted to Skeena Fisheries Commission & Fisheries & Oceans Canada and funded by Fish Habitat Restoration Initiative.

McCarthy, M and A. Fernando. 2015. 2015 Inventory of High Priority Culverted Fish Passage Barriers in the Lower/Middle Skeena, Bulkley, Morice, and Babine River Watersheds. GWA Report submitted to Skeena Fisheries Commission & Fisheries & Oceans Canada and funded by Fish Habitat Restoration Initiative.

Wilson, T. and Rabnett K. 2008. Upper Skeena Fish Passage Culvert Inspection. GWA report prepared for the Pacific Salmon Commission.

Gottesfeld, A.S. and K.A. Rabnett (2008) Skeena River Fish and Their Habitat. Skeena Fisheries Commission. Ecotrust, Oregon U.S.A.

Rabnett, K. 2007. Mid Skeena Watershed Restoration Effectiveness Monitoring. Prepared for Pacific Salmon Commission by Gitksan Watershed Authorities, Hazelton, BC.

Rabnett, K. and T. Wilson. 2007. Fish Passage Assessment of Kispiox Forestry Roads Stream Crossings. GWA Report prepared for the Pacific Salmon Commission. 90pp.

Wilson, T. and Rabnett K. 2007. Fish Passage Assessment of Highway 16 and CN Rail in the Bulkley Watershed. Skeena Fisheries Commission Report. 124pp.

Rabnett, K. and L. Williams. 2004. Highway #16 Fish Passage Assessment in Middle Skeena Watershed. GWA Report prepared for Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Pacific Salmon Commission. 59pp.