Habitat work by 19 Wing Comox and Project Watershed

Published: June 19, 2013 2:00 PM, Updated: June 19, 2013 2:07 PM


A diver plants an eelgrass shoot in a bed as part of efforts to restore natural habitat at Goose Spit Marina. Photo by Lora Tryon

19 Wing is restoring marine habitat near Royston as compensation for the habitat affected by the maintenance dredging of the Goose Spit Marina that took place in January.   The dredging was required to remove sediment that built up around the pilings and threatened dock infrastructure and the safe use of the marina by various Canadian Armed Forces and Sea Cadet vessels.  “Dredging needed to be done to restore the capability of the marina,” said Maj. Mark Kierstead, 19 Wing construction engineering officer. “The project’s planning team consulted with K’ómoks First Nation and obtained approvals from several government agencies to ensure the project would be successful and environmentally responsible.”

19 Wing environmental staff developed the project’s mitigation and compensation plan after extensive discussions with local environment experts, including Project Watershed, a local charitable organization that promotes stewardship of local watersheds.  “Over the past few years Project Watershed has been involved with smaller eelgrass restoration projects and also created aerial eelgrass density maps of the entire K’omoks Estuary,” said Dr. Paul Horgen, Project Watershed’s Chairman of the board of directors. “This data has proved valuable to the Department of National Defence.”  The eelgrass harvesting and transplant work started on May 28 and will continue for four weeks. Working from a boat, a surface team prepares and tallies the eelgrass and a team of scuba divers transplants as many as 1,500 shoots a day.  “We will create over 3,000 square metres of new eelgrass habitat near the Trent River Estuary,” said Bob Allan, 19 Wing environmental officer. “We are very pleased to partner with Project Watershed because they have proven success with this specialized habitat restoration work.”  19 Wing will monitor the health and recovery of the habitats for the next five years to ensure the success of our project.

— 19 Wing Comox

DFO Salmon Enhancement Program (SEP) – May 20th – 21st

Notice from the Salmon Enhancement Program (SEP)  organizing committee:

Please accept this notice as an invitation to our workshop. Volunteers, like you, make up the Public Involvement Program component of the Oceans Habitat and Enhancement Branch and continue to address the goals of Fisheries and Oceans. With adequate support and recognition volunteers will always be there to work with DFO to maintain this renewable resource.

This biennial workshop brings together and recognizes the thousands of volunteers throughout British Columbia who devote many hours of work towards stewardship, increasing fish stocks and enhancing fish habitat. The event provides volunteers with a chance to learn new skills from workshops, share ideas and meet other volunteers from across the province. Beginning at a wine and cheese on Friday evening, volunteers will be officially welcomed to the First Nations Territory and Campbell River, and will have a chance to meet and greet fellow volunteers and guests. Saturday has a full schedule of concurrent workshops and presentations designed to fulfill our theme of “Wetlands to Waves: sustainability through stewardship”, ending with a dinner in the evening for registrants and invited guests. Sunday is a time for us to showcase Campbell River and our local area with respect to stewardship projects, unique natural features and local attractions.

Our goal is to provide a learning opportunity for our many salmon stewardship volunteers from around the province while celebrating this incredible dedication to our renewable resource. Campbell River provides you with the unique opportunity to experience both the fresh water and marine environments salmon need to be successful and thrive.

We look forward to seeing you in Campbell River.

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