Forage Fish Sampling Results 2020/2021
After expert verification we can confirm that the following sites are Pacific sand lance (PSL) positive: Goose Spit Sites 2 and 3, Air Force Beach, Kye Bay, Smelt Bay, Shingle Spit, and Mansons Landing. Eggs were found at Rebecca Spit and Frank James Park. However, we could not determine which species they were from. We hope that environmental (eDNA) will aid in learning more about these sites. There was no confirmed detection of surf smelt during the winter spawning season.
eDNA has been an important element of sampling and mapping forage fish spawning habitat. eDNA from the last year and a half is currently being processed and analyzed. The samples will aid in planning future sampling methods, mapping and validating Pacific sand lance and surf smelt spawning habitats in both intertidal and subtidal environments. We will share more details as we receive them.
Photo documentation of forage fish spawning habitat is valuable in our aim to protect these important nursery areas. Photos provide a story of each individual beach over time.
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Happy Technician Tuesday! Last week our team partnered with Laura Terry from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to conduct a beach seine at Hollyhock Flats.
Once again we will enliven the K’ómoks Estuary with the merry sounds of Christmas Carols. There will be a few changes to this year’s event to keep everyone COVID safe, however, singing and merriment will continue to be the core of this activity.
Happy Technician Tuesday! Our team has been working on plant guides for future monitoring at Kus-kus-sum and Hollyhock flats.
Happy Technician Tuesday! Our team recently checked on the Lyngbye’s Sedge (Carex lyngbyei) planting in Hollyhock Flats and we’re happy to report that they are growing well.