|Citation||V. Komori and Associates. 2010. Cowichan River fall chinook habitat status report. Prepared for Fisheries and Oceans Canada.|
|Abstract/Description or Keywords||The purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive review of the freshwater habitat status of the
Cowichan River as outlined by the Wild Salmon Policy. Key elements of this Habitat Status Report
includes the identification of known sensitive habitat types by life stage, potential limiting factors to
chinook production and proposed habitat based measures to address these limiting factors and to
maintain freshwater productivity. This project also includes the development of a preliminary list of
habitat indicators for further discussion and implementation as part of a long term habitat status
Monitoring Plan for the Cowichan watershed.
The study area includes chinook-producing habitat within the watershed and therefore focuses on the
mainstem Cowichan River to Cowichan Lake and to a lesser degree the lower Koksilah River to the
Marble Falls barrier (Fig 1). Small numbers of chinook are produced in some years in the Robertson
River and Shaw Creek, upstream of Cowichan Lake. However, utilization of these systems by chinook is infrequent and therefore habitat status and limiting factors were not examined or discussed in any
detail within this report.
|Regional Watershed||Vancouver Island South|
|Sub-watershed if known||Cowichan|