In 2005, the Connolly Family helped create the Patrick and Josephine Connolly Spawning Channel off the Oyster River on Vancouver Island. Since then, they have provided more than $100,000 in donations to support ongoing work on the channel in partnership with the Oyster River Enhancement Society.Many east coast Vancouver Island streams have been encroached by impacts from logging, farming and urban development. As a result, natural off-channel habitat has been limited for spawning, rearing and refuge of Pink, Chum and Coho salmon and for the overwintering of juvenile Coho and trout. In 2005, the successful Connolly channel was constructed alongside the Oyster River on eastern Vancouver Island and was designed to mimic natural watershed functions. The channel also provides a demonstration site for educational viewing by the public
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