Sea level rise could squeeze young salmon out of places to live

Phoebe Gross, a master’s student at Simon Fraser University, uses a seine net to capture juvenile salmon in the Englishman River Estuary on Vancouver Island. (Molly Segal/CBC)

In Parksville, B.C. on Vancouver Island, Phoebe Gross leads a small group over a muddy flat at the mouth of Englishman River to capture juvenile salmon and gather information about where they live. 

“Right now we’re going to one of the marsh sites,” said Gross, a master’s student at Simon Fraser University’s Salmon Watersheds Lab. 

The area Gross is in will be submerged at high tide, but for now when the water is low, she can access an offshoot of the Englishman River

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