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.

Forage Fish Symposium

Sandlance ~Mandy Lindeberg (NOAA)

Beach sampling ~ V. East

Forage Fish Eggs ~ A. Schmidt

The forage fish team has been busy inside and outside this spring. Inside, we have been planning the Spring symposium on April 17, 2024, for the Coastal Forage Fish Network (CFFN). Hosted on Zoom, the symposium brings together researchers, experts and community citizen science volunteers to share research highlights from across Vancouver Island and beyond.

Forage Fish Symposium

2024 CFFN Spring Symposium
Apr 17, 2024 6:00 PM
Location: Zoom
Keynote Speakers: 
Jessica Qualley, a University of Victoria Master’s, Resident Herring Populations
Dr.  Des Roches, Restoration and Monitoring for Forage Fish
Sign up for this event below and we will send you all the Zoom details.

We have also been working on analyzing and writing reports on our winter data. Over 700 hours of time were committed to our forage fish project by roughly 60 community science volunteers between June 2023 and March 2024. This includes sampling done on Cortes and Hornby Islands, in the Campbell River area and the Comox Valley. 

Out in the field, Jac has been collecting eDNA (environmental DNA) around the West Coast of Vancouver Island to build the intertidal habitat suitability model (HSM) for West Coast Vancouver Island. In late March Jac was also out on the Misty Lady fishing boat collecting subtidal sand samples to assist with verifying some of the past subtidal modelling that was completed between 2019 and 2022. Subtidal samples are taken by a large claw (Van Veen grab sampler). The eDNA samples will then be sent to a lab for analysis. This is where all those cold storage boxes we started collecting last year come in. To keep the integrity of the eDNA from breaking down, samples must stay close to frozen. The lab that processes samples is in Ontario. The forage fish team is very appreciative if you have any insulated boxes and ice packs for shipping samples (i.e. Good Food, Fresh Plate, Hello Fresh etc).

Cold Storage Materials

Cold storage boxes and freezer packs can be dropped off Monday to Thursday between 10:00 am  and 3:00 pm at our office in Tin Town (2356A Rosewall Crescent, Courtenay).

Registration for the Forage Fish Symposium

Information for post provided by:

Virginia East

Virginia East

Citizen Science Coordinator

Layne and Brenda of 40 KNOTS with Caitlin Pierzchalski ~ L.Stewart