Forage Fish Field Sampling
Forage Fish Field Sampling ~ T. Baker
Map of Location
Oyster Bay Shoreline Park
Frank James Park
Date and Time
Comox Valley – Thurs. May 4, Mon. June 5, Wed. July 5, Fri. August 4, Fri. September 1
Campbell River – Tues. May 2, Tues. June 6, Tues. July 4, Thurs. August 3, Wed. September 6
The time varies with tides – Virginia will email participants with time closer to date
Campbell River (Oyster Bay Shoreline Park and Frank James Park) Comox Valley (Air Force Beach and Goose Spit)
Volunteers will be partaking in citizen science by sampling beaches for summer beach spawning forage fish. We then process the sample down from a 4L container to an approximate 500mL container using a gold panning process referred to as sieving and vortexing.
These smaller samples are investigated under a microscope to look for the eggs of surf smelt (summer) and Pacific sand lance and surf smelt winter). Project Watershed is part of the BC Forage Fish Monitoring Network (BCFFMN). This network is engaged in citizen science, research and advocay across Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, and along the beaches of Vancouver. Project Watershed has been involved with this project since the fall of 2019 and we have discovered some important beaches for beach spawning forage fish.
We made a map showing sampling locations from the previous season and where we found eggs. You can check it out here!
Volunteer Sign Up
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Forage Fish Map
Project Watershed has been surveying beaches for the presence of forage fish and forage fish eggs. The location of the beaches we surveyed last season are shown below. You can hover over each location to see if eggs were found.
Forage Fish Spring Forum April 26
Announcing the 2023 Virtual BC Forage Fish Monitoring Network Spring Forum! This event is an opportunity for all those interested in the conservation of forage fish in British Columbia to come together and learn about the latest research and updates.
The Importance of Estuarine Environments for Pacific Salmon
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Kus-kus-sum Site History
A short history of the Kus-kus-sum site from pre-European contact to the present day.