If you want to help us find forage fish eggs on beaches around the Comox Valley then this course is for you. Searching for forage fish eggs involves beach surveys and microscope work. You can sign up for both or focus on one of the two aspects.
Beach surveys: we will show you how to assess the habitat at a beach, layout your 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 at our core beaches, we will begin blitz surveys. Blitz surveys involve sampling as many suitable beaches as possible to help us identify additional spawning habitat in our area.
Microscope work: we will show you how to idenify eggs under the microscope.
For more information and to sign up email maps.projectwatershed at gmail.com
Forage Fish Project Information
Photo documentation of forage fish spawning habitat is valuable in our aim to protect these important nursery areas. Photos provide a story of each individual beach over time.
PSL – a Pumpkin Spice Latté or a Pacific sand lance? To some people, a PSL is both. Either way, PSL season is fast approaching. The leaves are changing, warm drinks are on the menu, and the liquid sunshine (rain) is welcomed after such a dry summer. Project Watershed is gearing up for our Fall/Winter sampling.
This video follows a forage fish field day, from sampling to the counting of eggs, in the late fall of 2019.