A team rescuers is working hard to help airlift thousands salmon in Canada to safety. The salmon are trapped a section of the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada. They have been trapped that part of the river a landslide in June. The landslide blocked the section of the river, which meant the salmon could not swim upstream to spawn (lay their eggs). Rescuers and conservationists have spent several weeks looking ways to help the fish. They decided the best way was to fly the fish to the other side the fallen rocks helicopter. The fish will then be free to swim to their breeding ground. Rescuers have been "working the clock" to help the salmon.
Conservationists warn that if the fish cannot lay their eggs, the entire local salmon population will be risk. Future numbers the fish will drop to dangerously low levels. This would have an impact many of Canada's First Nations indigenous people. They need the salmon food and for cultural reasons. Salmon play an important role many traditional ceremonies people who have lived the Fraser River for hundreds of years. Their way life will continue thanks to the rescuers' help. The rescuers are also looking other ways to help the fish. One said: "We expect over three million [salmon] to migrate north that rockslide. With that number fish, you have to find alternate methods."