Driftwood and golden sedge and rush marsh grasses populate the tidal marshlands at the mouth of the Gabion river, the site of an important salmon hatchery, Hartley Bay, British Columbia. Salt marshes play a very important role in the aquatic food web and the delivery of nutrients to coastal waters. They also support terrestrial animals and provide coastal protection by trapping and binding sediments. In 1982 the Gitga't (People of the Cane) band started a successful hatchery on the river to enhance the production of coho salmon fry for First Nation food fishing, recreational fishing opportunities, and indirect commercial fishing opportunities.
Gabion Rivertidal marshlanddriftwoodsedge grassesrush grasssalmon riverHartley BayBritish Columbia
From Hartley Bay village