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.

Winter Forage Fish Sampling

Forage Fish Survey Team – M. Lockhart

Map of Location

Campbell River

Select beaches in Campbell River and the Comox Valley

Date and Time


Various dates November – January (see below).


Campbell River and Comox Valley beaches – you can choose either location or both depending on what works for you.


These volunteer events involve beach surveys and vortexing.

Beach surveys: at the beach, we will show you how to assess the habitat, layout a transect, collect samples and preserve them. We will be sampling core beaches every 10 days in spawning season until eggs are detected. Once eggs are detected, we will begin blitz surveys.

Blitz surveys: sampling as many suitable beaches as possible to help us identify additional spawning habitat in our area.

Vortexing: once the samples have been collected, we head back to the office to put them through the vortex machine. This machine creates a water vortex that separates the sand from the eggs and allows us to reduce our sample to those elements that are most likely eggs. We then view this reduced sample under the microscope to see if we can spot any eggs. 

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