Friday September 30, 2022

Sport Fishing Magazine

A massive natural landside into western Canada’s Ecstall River this year is impacting river flow and perhaps hampering access by countless salmon to run and propagate their species.

The Ecstall River is an important part of the widely heralded by anglers Skeena River drainage system in coastal British Columbia, not far from Ketchikan in extreme southern Alaska.

“Essentially, a whole side of a mountain collapsed into the very upper reaches of the Ecstall River and it caused a massive landslide about halfway down the river valley,” Greg Knox, executive director of the SkeenaWild Conservation Trust told the Prince Rupert Northern View on Sept. 20. “So it’s taken out the whole upper part of the river valley.”

The Ecstall feeds the Skeena River near the Pacific Ocean, about 20 miles southeast of the town of Prince Rupert, B.C.

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