It’s here! Project Watershed’s Salish Sea North East Vancouver Island Salmon Highway (Nearshore Habitat) Coastal Restoration Plan is now available. The plan identifies 70 potential nearshore habitat restoration projects along the east coast of Vancouver Island (between the Oyster River and Annie Creek near Qualicum Bay). Projects were identified by examining changes in the distribution of eelgrass, salt marsh and kelp habitat using historic and current aerial images and coupling this information with an extensive shore-zone assessment and literature review. The plan will guide future nearshore habitat restoration projects undertaken by Project Watershed and our partnering organizations. This is a living document that will be adapted and added to as new data and information about the identified projects arise. The plan can be found by following this link: Coastal Restoration Plan
The Coastal Restoration Team has also recently produced a comprehensive citizen-science saltmarsh and eelgrass monitoring program. The monitoring program provides volunteers and community groups with all the information, materials and support necessary to help us monitor our restoration projects. Monitoring is a critical step in understanding the success of our restoration efforts. Stay tuned to our website for news about upcoming monitoring training opportunities.
Later this month we will be planting subtidal eelgrass at Miracle Beach. We will be looking for volunteers to help bundle and tie in the eelgrass in preparation for planting by SCUBA divers. A volunteer sign-up form will be available soon.
The Coastal Restoration Team has also been busy planning a salt marsh restoration project in the Fanny Bay area that will be happening later summer. Stay tuned for updates on this project!