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.

Technician Report – Tuesday November 23, Beach Seine Monitoring

Beach Seine at the Airpark

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.

A beach seine is a way to sample aquatic species such as juvenile salmonids in the nearshore. A net with floats is deployed from shore and/or a small boat. After a short time it is pulled in and the species caught within it are analysed and counted. Beach seines will form a component of future monitoring at Kus-kus-sum.

The salt marsh and channels that get created at Kus-kus-sum through the restoration process will provide new habitat with the capacity to support populations of salmonids and other fish species. Fish diversity and abundance will be monitored at the restored site to assess habitat use and restoration success.

With the help of the Healthy Watersheds Initiative funding Project Watershed has hired environmental technicians to assist with our projects over the summer and early fall. The Healthy Watersheds Initiative is delivered by the Real Estate Foundation of BC and Watersheds BC, with financial support from the Province of British Columbia as part of its $10-billion COVID-19 response. Jamie Lund, one of these technicians, will be posting a brief report every Tuesday to update the Project Watershed community on what they have been up to.  

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