Nile Creek Enhancement Society
Salmon Release by Ken Kirkby.
Who We Are
Nile Creek Enhancement Society (NCES) is a group of local volunteers who began rehabilitating Nile Creek in Bowser, British Columbia in the 1990s. We became a non-profit society in August, 1996 and later acquired our charitable status.
Nature is the standard by which we must all govern ourselves. Through our restoration work, we are in the business of manufacturing hope and building alliances with like-minded people.
Our mission is to enhance and protect the fresh water and marine habitats that support salmonids and the habitat in which they live along the east coast of Vancouver Island.
To fulfil our mission, the Nile Creek Enhancement Society is engaged in the volunteer operation of a
- Pink salmon hatchery,
- restoration of habitats supporting native salmonid species, such as Pink, Coho, Chum, and Cutthroat Trout,
- stream rehabilitation,
- kelp replantation,
- eelgrass mapping and monitoring,
- and public education.
NCES will participate in any additional activities that support restoration and protection of salmonid habitat.
Our goal is to work towards thriving ecosystems in all of our local streams, as well as in the connecting marine environment within the Strait of Georgia.
We also recognize the benefits of forest and watershed protection to sustain a healthy river for the survival of salmonids. We see the interdependence of the forest and salmonids and the dependence of both on a fully functioning watershed.
We see public education that results in passion, commitment and an understanding that protection of these habitats is integral to the survival of all species, including our own.
Kelp: large seaweeds (algae) belonging to the brown algae (class Phaeophyceae) and are classified as the order Laminariales.
Eelgrass: (Zostera marina and Zostera japonica) is a small genus of widely distributed seagrass.
Groyne: a breakwater; a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away.
Salmonids: is a family of ray-finned fish that includes salmon, trout, chars, freshwater whitefishes and graylings
Bull kelp: Nereocystis (Greek for "mermaid's bladder") leutkeana
Giant kelp: Macrocystis pyrifera