Karilyn Alex is a Fisheries biologist with the Okanagan Nation Alliance Fisheries Department.
She completed a technical diploma in fisheries from BCIT, and was employed as a fisheries technician and river rafting guide while working toward a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Geography (fluvial geomorphology) at the University of Victoria. Karilyn then went on the complete a Masters Degree through the Canadian Rivers Institute at the University of New Brunswick. Her Masters Degree was multi-disciplinary between fisheries biology and hydraulic engineering looking at types for flow parameters that impact spawning Sockeye Salmon.
Karilyn’s major area of study is river restoration in regards to salmon spawning and egg incubation habitat through the guidance from Traditional Ecological Knowledge. She has been working with the Okanagan Nation Alliance Fisheries Department since 2002 supervising projects such as,
- The Skaha Lake Sockeye re-introduction Program,
- The McIntyre Dam and Skaha Dam fish passage and,
- The Okanagan River Restoration Initiative’s.
- Shingle Dam removal
- Shuttleworth sediment basin fish passage
- Similkameen river bank stabilization and log jam creation
Okanagan approach: Tennant & Weighted Usable Width