Beaver Baffler Project for Shinney’s Brook
Restoring salmon habitat connectivity through fish-friendly beaver bafflers
Beaver activity increases the input of woody debris to streams, which provides habitat for a wide variety of species. The protective environment in beaver ponds provides stable habitat for juvenile fish which, in turn, increases salmonid growth and survival.
The NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC), in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF), will be testing a device called a beaver baffler to help fish move across large beaver dams. This protects the habitat while keeping the benefits that the dam provides. The aim of this pilot project is to monitor the device and evaluate if it is a successful tool to assist in salmon migration.
The beaver baffler project has shown success with the completion of a pilot study conducted last year by WWF and these devices have now been installed at rivers and streams across Newfoundland. This research is now being extended into NunatuKavut through the installation of a device at a large beaver dam located in Shinney’s Brook, located alongside Highway 510 near Port Hope Simpson. It is scheduled to be put in place in November 2020.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact:
Coastal Restoration Coordinator
T. 709-896-0592, ext 227
Natural Resources Manager
T. 709-896-0592, ext 230
Learn more about the beaver baffler project here: