Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

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Mansons Landing:

Eggs found!


Team Sweevy sampling at Manson’s Landing

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Moon Road Beach:

Eggs found!

Pacific sand lance eggs – Photo by Christian Gronau

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Maple Tree Beach:

Eggs found!

Team Sweevy busy looking for eggs under the microscopes

Maple Tree Beach:

Eggs found!
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Smelt Bay:

eggs found!

Pacific Sand Lance egg – photo by Christian Gronau

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Oyster Bay Park:

no eggs found
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William’s Beach:

no eggs found
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Little River Ferry and Little River Road:

no eggs found. Local knowledge suggests this area was once a forage fish spawning beach
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Airforce Beach

Eggs found!
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Kye Bay:

eggs found!
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Curtis Beach:

1 egg found
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Goose Spit:

eggs found at 3 sites!all 3 sites!
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Trent River Estuary:

No eggs found
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Tree Island:

1 egg found!
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Henry Bay:

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Fossil Beach:

no eggs found

Conservancy Hornby Island Team sampling at Fossil Beach


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Phipp’s Point:

no eggs found

Conservancy Hornby Island Team sampling at Phipp’s Point

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Whaling Station Bay:

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Conservancy Hornby Island team sampling at Whaling Station Bay

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Big Tribune Bay:

eggs found!

Conservancy Hornby Island team sampling at Big Tribune Bay

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Shingle Spit:

eggs found!

Members of the Hornby Island Forage Fish Team

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Mapleguard:

eggs found!

North Island College student Livia Hosegrove looking for eggs

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Pacific sand lance egg found on Cortes Island. Photo by Christian Gronau
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Forage Fish Update

Over the past few months, Project Watershed and a group of fantastic citizen scientist partners and North Island College student volunteers have been working hard to identify forage fish spawning beaches in the Northern Salish Sea. The work involves collecting sediment samples from beaches and looking for the tiny eggs under microscopes. Volunteers and Citizen Scientists have spent many hours on beaches and behind microscopes to help us with this important work and we are excited to share some results from our first sampling season!

The map on the left shows the results of the beach surveys that occurred between November and January. Hover your mouse over the green and red circles to see photos and results from the surveys. Red circles indicate beaches where no eggs were found, and green circles indicate beaches where eggs were found.

As the winter sampling season winds down we will be busy getting ready for our next phase of field work. This spring and summer we will be continuing with our intertidal beach surveys to focus on detecting the peak surf smelt spawn, which typically occurs between June and September. The Project Watershed and K’ómoks Guardian Teams will also be venturing off dry land to look for subtidal burying habitat for Pacific sand lance.
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This work is funded by the BC Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund and with support from the Pacific Salmon Foundation
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Vortexing helps extract lighter material (such as eggs) from the larger sediment sample
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Can you see the eggs?
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Project Watershed Staff and North Island College volunteers finding eggs!
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