Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup!

Join us at our Noons Creek hatchery on Saturday, August 19, drop-in between 9 and 11am as we again participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

We will be cleaning along Noons Creek, the Shoreline Trail of the Port Moody Arm of Burrard Inlet.

The Port Moody Ecological Society acknowledges and honours that our community lies on unceded indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish Peoples.

Register online now 

Help us promote this event by printing this poster and putting it up at your work or school:  GCSC poster 2017

Stay up to date via our Facebook page @NoonsCreek and Twitter @noonscreek

Notes:

  • Please register online
  • Bring three shopping bags – one for garbage, one for recycling and one for cigarette butts
  • Gloves and boots (we have a limited supply)
  • Wear clothes that can get dirty and possibly wet
  • Stay out of the mud
  • Separate cigarette butts
  • Do not pick up dead animals – record the details of the type and location only
  • Stay well away from the railway tracks
  • If a item is in the mud, please leave it as it may now be home to marine animals (but record the type and location)

We will be collecting cigarette butts separately and sending them to Terracycle Canada for recycling.

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Festival Sponsors

Sponsoring one of the oldest and biggest environmental festivals in the Lower Mainland is a rewarding way to give back to our community in a meaningful way.  We truly appreciate all of the support and assistance that our sponsors provide – and we love to let everyone know it!

Contact Dave or Brian at our Noons Creek hatchery on 604-469-9106 or by emailing portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com.

The Port Moody Ecological Society would like to acknowledge the following fabulous sponsors as being instrumental in making the 2016 Noons Creek Fingerling Festival happen – and ensuring it’s ultimate success!

Please support these amazing, community spirited local organisations.

 City of Port Moody

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Pacific Coast Terminals

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Fingerling Festival

25th Annual Fingerling Festival call for volunteers and exhibitors


On Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 11 am – 3 pm, the Port Moody Ecological Society invites everyone to attend our very special Fingerling Festival. Yes, it’s been 25 years since we first started our bucket brigade, putting chum salmon into Noons Creek.

A fun, free environmental festival at the Noons Creek Hatchery in Port Moody, located just across the walking bridge on the north side of the skating arena, 300 Ioco Road.  We are very proud to announce the City of Port Moody, Pacific Coast Terminals (PCT) and Port of Vancouver, as again being tremendous sponsors of this year’s event.

We are seeking over 100 volunteers to make this environmental festival our very best to date.  Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to register by emailing portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com.  Roles include helping with over 70 environmental organisations and 5,000 visitors, setting up, cooking in our food tent, and assisting with the release of salmon into Noons Creek.

 

 

Family groups are encouraged to volunteer, with flexible shifts available.  This is a great way to introduce volunteerism to your family.

This iconic environmental festival, the largest of its kind in the Lower Mainland, provides an opportunity for children to help release thousands of young chum salmon into Noons Creek to help these fish begin their four-year journey at sea, and to visit the hatchery with its fish-rearing pond and restored wetland.

Environmental groups and artists are invited to apply to attend.  In the Port Moody Skating Arena, over 70 organizations will provide opportunities to learn more about community initiatives and environmental stewardship. We are delighted announce the following as some of the exhibitors that will be attending:

 

  • The City of Port Moody (Presenting Sponsor)
  • Port of Vancouver (Sponsor)
  • Pacific Coast Terminals (Sponsor)
  • Mike the Reptile Guy
  • Mossom Creek Hatchery (BIMES)
  • Colony Farm Park Association
  • Burke Mountain Naturalists
  • Fraser River Discovery Centre
  • Port Moody Station Museum
  • Rivershed Society
  • Vancouver Aquarium’s aquabus
  • Plus many more.

There will be First Nations artists and carvers, wildlife artists, Metro Van Regional Parks, amongst others.  The ever popular Bobs & Lolo will be back again this year to give performances at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm in the arena.

An updated list is available online at http://noonscreek.org/ff-confirmedexhibitors/

The Fingerling Festival is our only fundraiser of the year and includes raffles and a hot dog tent.  People are encouraged to carpool, use public transit or cycle to the event as this is a green event, and parking is very limited.  For additional information, visit www.noonscreek.org, phone the hatchery at 604-469-9106, or call Festival organizer Dave Bennie on 604-617-1163.

The Port Moody Ecological Society is a 100% volunteer-operated teaching hatchery that raises Coho and Chum salmon, has been undertaking and teaching water quality testing for over 15 years, and provides community outreach and school programmes throughout the year.

Port Moody Ecological Society – Celebrating 26 years of environmental awareness and stewardship in 2017! 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody, BC V3H 2V7 Tel: (604) 469-9106 Located to the right of the Port Moody Recreation Centre and Ice Hockey Rink Website:   www.noonscreek.org Facebook:  www.facebook.com/PortMoodyEcologicalSociety Twitter:  http://twitter.com/#!/NoonsCreek We aim to respond to you within three working days.  Sooner, whenever possible.

Past exhibitors have included:

Bennie’s Trail

 

The new 'trail-head' sign showing the fabulous community involvement that resulted in Port Moody's newest trail!

The new ‘trail-head’ sign showing the fabulous community involvement that resulted in Port Moody’s newest trail!

April 14th, 2014 saw the City of Port Moody erect the official signage for “Bennie’s Trail” around the Noons Creek Hatchery in Port Moody. The trail is named in honor of Dave Bennie and his late father, Doug Bennie, both of whom loved the hatchery and volunteered countless hours ensuring its success. To read more about Doug and Dave’s volunteer history, click here…….

The interpretive trail loop was opened in October 2012 and was the culmination of two months of hard work by Dave Bennie, Kuldip Sing, Toufiq Paiman, Brian Wormald and several other volunteers.  It was a great community effort. Teaming up with TD Tree Days and the Evergreen Foundation, approximately $2,000 worth of native trees and shrubs were planted around the hatchery and along the trail. Before that happened, PMES volunteers felt it would add more value if the planting and trail could be incorporated with a native species ‘identification plan’.

For this to happen, the public would need to be able to get into the forest to appreciate them.  So, under the direction of Dave Bennie, several short trails were planned to navigate the forest that surrounds the hatchery building. After the planting, several footbridges over the beautiful small waterways were created using recycled materials;  even the mulch which forms the bed for the trail was donated.  Metal plates are attached to posts containing the plant’s common name, scientific name and photo.  This is not only for the general public’s benefit but is now an adjunct to the PMES school programmes.

So, if you haven’t already, next time you’re down near the hatchery, take a short detour and enjoy our “Bennie’s Trail”!

On July 12th, 2014 the Mayor of Port Moody Mike Clay, other city dignitaries and community partners officiated at the ‘opening’ of Bennie’s Trail.  On hand also were Vivienne Bennie (Dave’s mom and Doug’s widow) and Jean Folkestead (Doug’s sister) to accept the dedication in recognition of Doug’s contribution to the Society and community in general.

The event was covered by the local SNAPD Coquitlam newspaper as well. Check out their article at this link:  http://www.snapcoquitlam.com/index.php?option=com_sngevents&id[]=697589

 

From L to R: Mary Vellani (TD Friends of the Environment), Malcolm (Inlet Seafoods), Councilor Bob Elliot, Dave Bennie, Councilor Zoë Royer, Mayor Mike Clay, Toufiq Paiman. (Photo courtesy of PMES member Doug Calder)

The ‘work’ crew – L to R: Jennifer Allott, Megan Edmunds, Dave Bennie, Kuldip Manhas, Toufiq Paiman (Photo courtesy of PMES member Doug Calder)

Dave Bennie with the sign erected on April 14th, 2014 at the start of the recently completed "Bennie's Trail" near Noons Creek Hatchery.

Dave Bennie with the sign erected on April 14th, 2014 at the start of the recently completed “Bennie’s Trail” near Noons Creek Hatchery. (Photo courtesy of PMES member Brian Wormald)

 

The Bennie family – L to R: Jean Folkestead, Vivienne Bennie, Dave Bennie. (Photo courtesy of PMES member Doug Calder)

Volunteer with us!

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Volunteer Opportunities

We really appreciate our volunteers, some of whom come to the hatchery every day and some come along when they can – once a week or once a month. We are there every Saturday from 9.00am to 11.00am and welcome  everyone to come and say hello and see what we do. We ask volunteers to become a member, for as little as $5 a year (for students).

Like fish?  Like to tinker?  We are actively seeking volunteers with experience in fixing machinery and instruments who are interested in hatchery operations.  Training provided on-the-job and hours are flexible.  You will be helping to raise the salmon and trouble shooting should the need arise.

Check out our PMES Calendar of Events for volunteers!

There are many types of jobs in our hatchery. Listed below are the most prominent ones:

  • Fingerling Festival volunteers
  • Volunteer coordinator/training coordinator
  • Photographs/35mm slides cataloguing
  • Office administration assistants
  • Assistant newsletters editors/helpers
  • Archivist/librarian
  • Newsletter reporters/helpers
  • Web Developers/maintainers
  • Fish Habitat restoration coordinator
  • Fish Habitat builders
  • Water Quality Data entry assistants
  • Water quality samplers/monitors
  • Communications/marketing/advertising/promotion assistants
  • Community outreach assistants
    • Hatchery helpers
    • Watersheds/streamkeeper coordinator
    • Tour leaders
    • Cleaner-outers and cleaner-uppers
    • Hatchery site maintainers
    • Schools program assistants/understudies
    • Fundraising

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Festival Exhibitors

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Thank you for applying to be an exhibitor or sponsor at our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival in our 26th year, one of the very best of its kind and oldest of its kind in BC, attracting over 5,000 people of all ages who love the environment just as much as we do.

We accept exhibitor applications from environmental and community based organisations – receipt of applications does not guarantee acceptance. Please note that all exhibitors must contain an environmental element in their exhibition.

What we expect:

  • All exhibitors must be set up and ready to go BEFORE 10:30am. If you do not arrive before then you will not be allowed to drive into the festival area.
  • You must stay for the duration and cannot take down your exhibit before 3:00pm. Thank you for your understanding.
  • It gets busy! If you have lots of equipment please arrive (from 7am) so you can drop off and find parking, which is very limited.
  • Your exhibit must contain an environmental element in your exhibit – that’s what we’re all here for!
  • Please provide a donation for our raffle and drop it off upon your arrival. Thank you

What to expect:

  • More than 5,500 attendees from 11am to 3pm! Lots of families and people of all ages coming to meet and learn about your organisation
  • Lunch is on us! We provide a hot dog, juice, chips, coffee and muffins. Veggie dogs are available but they go quickly.
  • Opportunities to meet and network with likeminded groups and individuals
  • Have fun! There’s lots to see and do. If you need assistance, just ask one of our fantastic volunteers
  • Lots of raffle prizes so please consider purchasing tickets to help us raise funds

This is a green, balloon free and scent free event.

If you have any questions, please contact Dave Bennie, Festival Director, directly via email at portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com or on 604-617-1163.

Set up before 10:30am. Parking is limited so please arrive early – any time from 7:00am.

Festival Volunteers

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It’s our 25th Fingerling Festival!

Thank you for applying to volunteer at our Fingerling Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Apply to Volunteer Now! Please complete this application form after reading the information below.

 

 

Hours: Our festival runs from 11am until 3pm but we need people to help set up from 8am. Want to work in different areas? We have split the festival hours to 11am – 1pm and 1pm to 3pm so that volunteers have the opportunity to work in different areas if you want to.

  • Set up from 8am
  • Registration from 10am
  • Festival starts at 11am
  • Shift change at 1pm
  • Festival finishes at 3pm
  • Taking down from 3pm

Roles will be confirmed closer to the festival. We work hard to give volunteers their requested roles but this is not always possible.

All volunteers must register prior to starting their shift at the tent and must wear their ID nametags for the duration of their shifts.

We ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your shift to register at the volunteer tent with your name and emergency contact details, get your nametag and lunch ticket from the volunteer liaison.

The dress code is casual (jeans / shorts and a t-shirt) but please be mindful that this is a family event.

Volunteer roles that are located by the creek or involve photography are required to wear a high visibility vest.

This is a scent free event.

Please refrain from doing personal business, including using your mobile phone, at this event. Our priority is the safety of the children attending so it’s important to be mindful and attentive at all times.

Please register then go to the tent for instructions. If you have FOODSAFE, please let us know beforehand by emailing portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com.

Volunteer Roles

Volunteer Registration: putting up directional posters prior to the festival start, marking volunteer names off the list, handing out nametags and meal tickets, giving duties to people that may turn up unexpectedly. Helping the public with questions and directions, and taking care of and making announcements regarding lost children.

Helping with Salmon release: helping children to release the salmon and ensuring they are pouring them into the water and not from a height. Collecting empty buckets and returning them to the hatchery. Making sure nobody, including other volunteers, enter the water. Volunteers in this role should have some hatchery experience.

All volunteers working near the water must wear a high visibility vest. Please ensure that you identify yourself to the hatchery volunteer manager and get a vest from them.

Working in the rink: helping set up the tables and chairs, helping groups set up (including those that require electricity on the outer circle), speaking with exhibitors and providing them with assistance, looking for lost children, helping the public with directions. Work with the Exhibitor Liaison to ensure the smooth running of the festival.

Food tent: helping set up the food tent, cook the food, set up the tables, money and ticket handling, handing out food and drinks. Also providing exhibitors and volunteers with their free lunch and refreshments. If you have FoodSafe, please let us know!

Buggy Valet: We have an area set aside for buggy’s and you give a ticket to parents and put the other half of the ticket on their buggy. Watch over the buggies and match their ticket to their buggy ticket and hand it over.

Key Liaison Roles

We are very proud of our volunteers and we couldn’t have such a successful festival without you!

Below are the key liaison roles – these are the volunteers that take care of the different areas of the festival to ensure its smooth operation.

Festival Director – Dave Bennie
Dave has been organising the Fingerling Festival for many years. If the appropriate liaison is unable to answer your questions, please contact Dave (604-617-1163) or Brian (604-537-3717) or Sandra at the festival.

Volunteer Liaison
Takes care of volunteer registration, hand out food tickets to all volunteers (hot dog, drink, chips), lost children, and signage.
The volunteer table will be the starting point for all volunteers to register, get their volunteer ID, and confirm roles. This role will co-ordinate the changing of shifts, filling gaps, organising the runners (eg. buying more milk) and will work closely with all other liaisons.

Hatchery Liaison (Inside)
This role ensures that the volunteers receive the training when they are inside the hatchery and ensure that everything required is on hand.

Hatchery Liaison (Outside) This role trains the volunteers to show the children how to release the salmon (lower the bucket into the water and let them swim out). This volunteer will also be responsible for making sure the fragile environment isn’t being trampled on and that the flow of the ‘bucket brigade’ is moving smoothly. Volunteers working near the creek MUST wear a high visibility vest.

Food Tent Liaisons
This role sets up the food tent, and directing volunteers throughout the day (cleaning, preparation, cooking, serving).

Exhibitor Liaison
This role works closely with the organisers. They welcome the exhibitors and helps them to choose an appropriate place depending on their needs (sponsors, electricity, tables), and making sure they’re happy throughout the festival. They give the exhibitors their food tickets (hot dog, drink and chips) and direct them to the exhibitor food area, located beside the food tent, and provide any other support as required.

Photography Liaison
This dynamic role captures the atmosphere of the festival throughout the day. All volunteers are able, and encouraged to, take general people and event photos but permissions must be signed for ‘up close’ photos of children – please take permission forms and pens with you. If you see something special, please call them. You must wear a high visibility vest for this role.

Social Media Liaison
This role captures the Fingerling Festival experience in just 140 letters! You will be taking photos and creating tweets about the festival. You must wear an ID and high visibility vest for this role.

Runner
The person that does this role will move around the festival and will work closely with the Volunteer Liaison help out wherever he/she can.

Emergencies: contact the nearest manager or go directly to the volunteer registration desk or call 911.

Lost children: contact the nearest manager or go directly to the volunteer registation desk with the child (let the manager know before you leave your area).

If you need to leave early, please let your liaison know.

Please do not bring valuables as we have no storage space.

Apply now to volunteer at our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival on Saturday, May 6

Our volunteer waiver.

Our social media policy.

Thank you for signing up as a volunteer! I hope you have a fun, fabulous day!

Kind regards

Dave Bennie, Brian Wormald and Sandra Niven

Festival Directors

Fingerling Festival Volunteer Form

Enviro Awards

L - R: Dave, Elaine, Ruth and Rod proudly showing their Paul Harris Award medallions.

L – R: Dave, Elaine, Ruth and Rod proudly showing their Paul Harris Award medallions.

Some amazing community and environmental stewards were honoured on June 8th by Rotary of Port Moody. And something we should all be very proud of is the fact that all four are current members of the Port Moody Ecological Society!!

PMES Vice President Dave Bennie, PMES Secretary Elaine Golds, PMES members Ruth Foster and Rod MacVicar were all awarded the Rotary founder Paul Harris Community Award for Environmental Service!!!

Everybody knows Dave’s commitment to PMEs and the Noons Creek hatchery (not to mention the iconic Fingerling Festival each year), so it was indeed an privilege to witness his receipt of the award.

Elaine NEVER stops working towards a better sustainable and environmentally friendly human impact on our planet – and specifically the Tri-Cities region. As well as her Director duties with PMES (and one of the original members), most know that she has been with the Burke Mountain Naturalists for many years – and is the current President.  There are other organisations that she somehow manages to squeeze some time for, in addition to writing a regular environmental column for the Tri-City News……whew!

It could be said that Ruth Foster and Rod MacVicar are the heart and soul of Mossom Creek hatchery (managed by the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society – BIMES). As the original founding members (in 1976!), and very respected teachers, they worked long and hard to build a student-based volunteer organisation that captured the essence of ‘real world’ and hands-on education. BIMES has grown significantly over the years, roles and responsibilities change with the times and many others have come after them to build it to what it is today – but the mandate and mission has not strayed from providing the background and education that students need to make informed decisions about their interaction with the environment that we all need to be healthy.

Rod also heads up the Reed Point Marine Education Centre, at Reed Point Marina in Port Moody. He is also a Director of the Pacific Wildlife Foundation.

Many students of both Noons Creek and Mossom hatcheries have gone on to senior and leadership roles within government and environmental organisations.

Although the Lower Mainland in general is lucky to have these local stewards, Noons Creek, Mossom Creek and Burke Mountain Naturalists are the big winners by having these long-term valued volunteers!!!!   Could not be more prouder.

More acceptance photos below.

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Dave Bennie (PMES Vice-President) accepting his Paul Harris Community Award for Environmental Service.

 

Elaine Golds (BMN President) accepting her Paul Harris Community Award for Environmental Service.

Elaine Golds (BMN President) accepting her Paul Harris Community Award for Environmental Service.

 

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Rod MacVicar (BIMES & Reed Point Marine Education) accepting his Paul Harris Community Award for Environmental Service.

 

Ruth Foster (BIMES) accepting her Paul Harris Community Award for Environmental Service.

Ruth Foster (BIMES) accepting her Paul Harris Community Award for Environmental Service.

 

 

 

Flavelle Cedar!

The Port Moody Ecological Society would like to gratefully acknowledge Flavelle Cedar (a division of Mill & Timber Products Ltd) for their very generous donation to P.M.E.S. leading up to our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival.  A long-term community partner, they have assisted PMES with projects over the years.

Thank you so much!!!!!

McElhanney!

The Port Moody Ecological Society would like to gratefully acknowledge McElhanney for their very generous donation to P.M.E.S. leading up to our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival.  A locally-spirited community partner, they are always looking to partner with local stewardship organisations to get the best outcome from city developments – helping retain the unique charm and characteristics of Port Moody.

Thank you so much!!!!!

Vancity!

The Port Moody Ecological Society would like to gratefully acknowledge Vancity  for their donation to P.M.E.S. to help fund the many aspects of our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival.  A great community partner, they are very locally-spirited and keen to continue fostering partnerships in the Port Moody area.

Thank you so much!!!!!

Surf Smelt Project

Rowen Monks - our 'coach extraordinaire' for the survey session!

Rowen Monks – our ‘coach extraordinaire’ for the survey session!

A number of months ago, PMES was asked to review, and if we felt there was value, support a project proposed by Ramona de Graff on forage fish habitats – particularly in the Burrard Inlet. Our support was to increase the chance of sponsorship to get the project going.

Long story short, we did see immense value in the project (a precis of which is below in blue text). Not only will it result in valuable information, our released salmon fry need this as a valuable food source as they head to the ocean. We have a vested interest in knowing the health of the areas that our ‘babies’ traverse.  Even better news was that the project was funded and now, the fun begins!

After some initial workshops to aquaint some of the board and volunteers with the process, the date was set for our first ‘practicum’ – surveying a beach area in Burrard Inlet, at Barnet Martine Park in Port Moody, for surf smelt embryos.  The date was Saturday, May 28th.

It was an awesome but very wet day – however the first surf smelt ‘survey training’ session on the beaches at Barnet Marine Park for volunteers from Port Moody Ecological Society (Noons Creek hatchery), Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society (Mossom Creek hatchery) and Burke Mountain Naturalists. could not have gone much better.

Big shout out to Rowen Monks of Sea Watch Society for being patient with us as we learnt our stuff! Huge shout out to Ramona de Graff for initiating the ‘Forage Fish / Surf Smelt Survey’ project. The importance of this data being gathered cannot be over estimated. These tiny creatures that spawn on inter-tidal beaches are the subsistence building blocks of larger marine creatures…….we need to know if their habitat is healthy, so the food chain doesn’t crumble. Disastrous for them, and for us!!

PMES is happy to help in moving this project forward with volunteer resources, and use of our hatchery’s water quality lab & microscopes!!!

And thanks to all the volunteers that braved a VERY WET Saturday to learn some valuable new stuff – you guys ROCK!

Thanks again for the day Rowen!!!!!!!

We are looking for more volunteers that may wish to join these periodic surveys – they are fun and the practical experience you get is invaluable, particularly if you are taking fish and wildlife, environmental or biological post-secondary studies.  Contact us at the hatchery on 604-469-9106 or at portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com

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Mandate:
Our mandate is to develop a network of communities and partnerships to provide necessary data and educational materials about  shoreline valued ecosystem components, specifically-spawning habitats and juvenile salmonid rearing habitat for coastal planning and ecosystem management.  The Sea Watch Society is composed of community groups, biologists, First Nations, consultants, scientists, students, stewards, and interested individuals from British Columbia to Puget Sound.

Sea Watch Society coordinates the British Columbia Shore Spawners Alliance project (BCSSA) and provides training, equipment, expertise, laboratory services, a central GIS mapping database, and educational resources ensuring scientifically credible data collection and consistent survey protocols throughout the Province.

The BCSSA Project  assesses and surveys shoreline habitats in British Columbia that support the spawning of beach spawning forage fish,  sand lance, surf smelt and capelin.

SWS/BCSSA members share resources and experiences to promote conservation of both fresh-water and marine forage fish habitats.  Field data are uploaded to GIS Atlas.  Our forage fish projects encourage agencies and granting societies to recognize and support this crucial conservation issue.   Since 2007, over 30 communities have monitored over 100 beaches as part of our citizens’ science program

Project Description:
Forage fish form the cornerstone of the nearshore marine food web as prey for hundreds of marine predators from fish, seabirds to marine mammals.  Marine shorelines of specific sediment types are critical spawning habitat for forage fishes such as surf smelt (Hypomesus pretiosus), Pacific sand lance (Ammodytes hexapterus) and capelin (Mallotus villosus).  Marine riparian zones provide critical prey resources for migrating juvenile salmonids.  Beaches supporting spawning and marine riparian zones are referred to as “valued ecosystem components”and as critical fish habitats under the Federal Fisheries Act.  Marine shorelines are critical fish habitat for many species of marine fishes throughout the Strait of Georgia (Salish Sea).

Currently, no inventory or habitat assessment has been done focused soley on the critical spawning habitats and the health of these habitats in any location of British Columbia other than the Municipality of Campbell River.   A review of major shoreline inventories in the project locations (from 1995-2013) confirms that such a project has not been undertaken. The applicant is an established expert on beach spawning forage fish habitat and such expertise is required to successfully accomplish the activities of this project.

From 2015-2016, Forage Fish Habitat Assessments (FFHA) and spawning surveys will be conducted from Port Moody, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, and Howe Sound to inform a restoration plan for surf smelt spawning habitat and juvenile salmonid rearing habitat (limited spawning surveys are required for West Vancouver due to past surveys conducted there).  Maps will be produced of potential and actual spawning habitats detected by this study.  The Marine Shoreline Fish Habitat Assessment and Restoration Plan will inform environmental NGOs, municipalities, regulatory authorities, provincial, First Nation, and Federal government agencies and guide efforts to assist habitat restoration/mitigation projects to recover declining Strait of Georgia surf smelt stocks and enhance juvenile salmonid rearing habitats.  The maps and data will also assist in assessing allocation of oil spill remediation resources.

Goal:  assist with enhancement/restoration of the ecological function of the Strait of Georgia by protecting and restoring marine shoreline habitats critical to beach spawning forage fishes and juvenile salmonids.
Objective 1:  Baseline data collection of spawning activity by beach spawning forage fish
Objective 2:  Baseline data collection of suitable  spawning habitats for beach spawning forage fish
Objective 3:  Baseline data collection of a marine species for “the purpose of damage assessment in the event of habitat contamination”
Objective 4:  Marine Shoreline Habitat enhancement/restoration plan for beach spawning forage fish and juvenile salmonids in the project area
Objective 5:  Engagement of interested stakeholders and regulatory agencies within the project area
Objective 6:  Work with local stewardship initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of marine shorelines as critical fish habitats

 

 

Port of Vancouver

The Port Moody Ecological Society would like to gratefully acknowledge the Port of Vancouver for their significant financial contribution to P.M.E.S. for our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival.  A long-term locally-spirited community partner, they are always looking for opportunities to foster partnerships and support local stewardship organisations.

Thank you so much!!!!!