Redd counts are done by walking or canoeing stretches of the Hammond and its tributaries looking for depressions in the cobble. We generally rely on numerous volunteer counters, led by trained HRAA staff. Visual surveys (aka “swim-throughs”) were also conducted by divers on several sections of the Hammond River. Counts of salmon and their estimated life stages (i.e. grilse vs. kelts) were recorded.
HRAA staff, members and many helpful volunteers have been walking stretches of the Hammond and its tributaries since 1977 looking for redds (salmon nests). All in all, HRAA’s most valuable resources in assessing and protecting the local salmon population are its volunteers. Community members come together to perform redd counts, collect broodstock, and count salmon from bridges for adult assessments. Thanks again to all the volunteers who help keep HRAA’s Salmon Initiatives moving forward!
"A redd is a spawning nest that is built by a salmon in the gravel of streams or the shoreline of lakes. It is formed by the female using her tail to dig in a small area of gravel in the bottom of the stream or shore."