Beach seine surveys are in full swing, and we're happy to report good numbers of juvenile salmon in all areas surveyed so far. And sometimes we catch species other than salmon, including this really pretty and tropical looking Striped Perch and very cool Starry Flounder (posed by MBC rookie beach seiner Meg). Photo credits to Steve, Fisheries Guardian for the Quatsino First Nation who was out working with our crew last week (perch) and Perry, MBC crew member (flounder). ... See MoreSee Less
We love this service that the City sponsers every year! Great initiative to reduce the volume of household items ending up in our local landfill. If you don't want the item yourself, have it repaired and donate it to the Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North Restore or one of our other local thrift shops for re-use by someone that does need it. #lessgarbageisgoodforeveryoneRepair Café - April 12 - 16, 2021
Bring items to the Sportsplex between 9 and 10 a.m or between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Safe drop-off and pickup procedures will be in place to accept damaged or broken household items to be repaired.
Next week at MBC is the start of what we call "BEACH SEINE SEASON". Yesterday our new crew and our veteran people completed our yearly "beach seine school", where we review the how, what, where, when and why of beach seine season. This year is our 18th season monitoring sea lice infestation on juvenile pacific salmon on the BC Coast. We'll be completing beach seines until the end of May to capture samples at 174 different locations in 10 geographic regions and will pull in our 150ft long beach seine net more than 525 times. This endeavor by our crews (and our clients) has lead to what may be the world's largest juvenile salmon / sea lice database. All of our reports since 2015 and before (some dating back to 2003/2004) are available online and contain every possible piece of data including locations, each individual sample analysis result, each lice identified to species and life stage and all environmental data. This also makes this program fully transparent. In many of the regions we sample we are lucky to be supported and aided by the local Indigenous Nations. Their knowledge of each area along with their support is a great help and we truly appreciate these partnerships. If you're out on the water this spring and you see a whaler with a net up front and three happy but potentially tired looking people running from beach to beach give a wave. We're friendly (we promise). ... See MoreSee Less
Lance Stewardson, RPBio, CPESC and Monica Stewardson, RPBio, CPESC are catching up on some professional development by attending the annual IECA - International Erosion Control Association conference online this week. While we are missing our usual social time with our ESC industry colleagues we're excited to learn about the latest and greatest in erosion and sediment control materials and techniques. ESC planning, implementation and monitoring is a critical component of the local development projects we work on. Also congratulations to the #cityofvancouver for winning the IECA Environmental Excellence award for their green rainwater management strategy. Impressive stuff! #CPESC#ieca2021#nodirtywater... See MoreSee Less