Forage Fish Summer Summary
A few new locations were added including Balmoral Beach, near Goose Spit, and Point Holmes ,between Air Force Beach and Kye Bay. Summer sampling which occurred between May and September, was supported by 40 community scientists including a variety of new volunteers and dedicated returning volunteers. Project Watershed thanks all the forage fish volunteers for their dedication to this project.
Teams sampled approximately once per month, in between heat waves, looking for beach spawning forage fish (surf smelt). Although the samples did not find any eggs in the sand this summer, data collected is still important. Gathering information regarding eDNA samples, seasonality of beach sediment, how the heat dome/heat waves may impact spawning in the future, and the lack of rain this summer are all important elements of this initiative.
Point Holmes beach survey in July~ J. Lund
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.
These cards help protect & restore habitat in the Comox Valley. A card will be sent to a special someone when you make a donation.
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.