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!!!!!

 

Port Moody Foundation!

The Port Moody Ecological Society would like to gratefully acknowledge the Port Moody Foundation for their surprise donation to P.M.E.S. during our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival.  A long-term locally-spirited community partner, they are always looking for opportunities to foster partnerships and highlight the unique charm and characteristics of Port Moody.

Thank you so much!!!!!

Members of the Port Moody Foundation spring a wonderful surprise on PMES members Brian Wormald and Eric Olsen. A very generous donation to celebrate our 25 years of community partnering, education, outreach and salmon enhancement.

Members of the Port Moody Foundation spring a wonderful surprise on PMES President Brian Wormald and stalwart volunteer Eric Olsen. A very generous donation to celebrate our 25 years of community partnering, education, outreach and salmon enhancement.

 

PCT!

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

Thank you so much!!!!!

Jennifer McKinnon of Pacific Coast Terminals presents a donation cheque to Dave Bennie (PMES Vice-President) to help with the 25th Annual Noons Creek Fingerling Festival.

Jennifer McKinnon of Pacific Coast Terminals presents a donation cheque to Dave Bennie (PMES Vice-President) at the 25th Annual Noons Creek Fingerling Festival.

Bold Properties!

The Port Moody Ecological Society would like to gratefully acknowledge Bold Properties as a new community partner that provided major sponsorship of the iconic kids entertainers Bobs & Lolo at our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival.  A newer property developer to the region, they are very locally-spirited and keen to be a community partner.

Thank you so much!!!!!

Helen Shi of Bold Properties hands a donation to Dave Bennie (PMES Vice President) as major sponsor of Bobs & Lolo at the 25th Annual Fingerling Festival

Helen Shi of Bold Properties hands a donation to Dave Bennie (PMES Vice-President) at the Noons Creek hatchery, as the major sponsor of Bobs & Lolo at the 25th Annual Fingerling Festival

Say ‘Hello’ PoMo

Say-Hi-Passerby(PMF)We here at the Port Moody Ecological Society like to think of ourselves as being community spirited and are working hard to establish a sense of local ambassadorship within the TriCities.

It is with that proud sense of community that we are pleased to promote a great new community building initiative by our friends the Port Moody Foundation……….Say ‘Hello’ PoMo!

A simple yet effective title that succinctly states how all relationships start – saying ‘hello’.  From that point, the possibilities are limitless……….the world has at times changed irrevocably, simply by someone saying ‘hello’ to someone else.

Please check out their web site, specifically the ‘Say Hello PoMo‘ page, and help us drive a deeper community spirit in Port Moody by ‘saying Hi to a passerby‘!

Something fishy!

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The Noons Creek hatchery played host to two community involved guests last Friday (4/22) – Port Moody City Mayor Mike Clay and Pacific Coast Terminals Office, HR and Communications Manager, Jennifer McKinnon.

After a pre-arranged meeting with Mayor Clay, Jennifer insisted he show her the hatchery on Noons Creek – and so he obliged!

And at this time of year, no visit would be complete without asking our guests to pitch in and help release some of our nearly 40,000 Chum fry into the creek.  So with buckets of fry in hand, PMES Vice President Dave Bennie ushered them both down the path to the creek to get some practice in before our iconic Fingerling Festival on 7th May.  And as you can see, both had a fun time.  Alas, they did fail in one regard….neither of them named any of their fry prior to release.  🙁

Seriously, we wish to thank Mayor Clay for bringing Jennifer down to the hatchery to see first hand how we interact with the local community!  And thanks Jennifer for continuing the long-standing relationship PMES has with it’s community partners, including Pacific Coast Terminals.

 

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2016 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – Aug 20, 2016

Join us at our Noons Creek hatchery on Saturday, August 20, 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.

Register online now 

Help us promote this event by printing this poster and putting it up at your work or school:  GCSC poster 2015

Stay up to date via our Facebook page @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.

Exhibitors FF2016

Fingerling Festival 2011 072It’s our 25th Fingerling Festival anniversary in 2017!

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

Click here for a List of confirmed exhibitors

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 to expect: 

  • More than 5,000 attendees!  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

What we expect: 

  • All exhibitors can arrive from 9:00am and must be set up and ready to go by 10:00am. 
  • You must stay for the duration and cannot take down your exhibit before 3:00pm.
  • It gets busy!  If you have lots of equipment please arrive early so you can drop off and find parking
  • Your exhibit must contain an environmental element in your exhibit – that’s what we’re all here for!
  • Please let us know if you can provide a donation for our raffle and drop it off upon your arrival.  Thank you!

This is a 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.

Parking is limited so please arrive early – any time from 8:00am.



Attendee(s) Name:
Organisation / Business (if applicable):
Website
Email Address:
Phone (required):
Address:
Please provide a brief description of your exhibit – note that all Fingerling Festival exhibits MUST contain an environmental message element:
About: Exhibitor Sponsor Exhibitor and Sponsor Festival Volunteer Media Other
Other? Please explain:
Exhibitor Requirements Table and 2 Chairs (provided) Clear Area (no table) Electricity (please use the outer circle of the rink, along the wall) Outside (please provide your own tent)
Question, Comment or Feedback?Would you consider donating a prize for our raffle table?  Please let us know the item so that we can acknowledge you.  Thank you.


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