Forage Fish Sampling

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Position description: 

As part of the Pender Harbours Coastal Waters Monitoring Program, we are currently collecting long term data sets for monitoring programs, including forage fish monitoring. Forage fish are a small feeder fish that links the plantonic trophic levels with the larger fish and mammals in the marine environment. We are monitoring 2 forage fish beach spawners (Pacific sandlance and Surf smelt) within the Pender Harbour area and Thormanby Island. We sample two beaches in Pender Harbour (Baker Beach and Martin Cove) and 2 locations at the gap on Thormanby Island. We sample every three weeks in the winter and every two weeks in the summer seasons. We set up 2 transects to collect sediment samples and process them through a series of screens. We then"vortex the sample and collect a subsample to be processed at the office under the microscope. Sampling generally takes between 2-3 hours at the beach. Processing at the lab generally takes approximately 2 hours per sample. Our current schedule is:

March 27, 10am - 3pm Bakers Beach, Francis Peninsula

April 10, 12pm - 5pm Martin Cove, Francis Peninsula

April 17, 9am - 3pm Bakers Beach, Francis Peninsula

April 24, 11am - 5pm Thormanby Island (2 sites)

May 1, 8am - 1pm Martin Cove, Francis Peninsula

May 15, 8am - 1pm Martin Cove and Baker Beach, Francis Peninsula

May 21, 10am - 6pm Thormanby Island

May 29, 8am - 12pm Martin Cove, Francis Peninsula

June 4, 9am - 5pm Thormanby Island

June 12, 8am - 1pm Martin Cove and Baker Beach, Francis Peninsula 

June 19, 9am - 6pm Thormanby Island (2 sites)

June 26, 7am - 12pm Martin Cove, Francis Peninsula

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Deliverables/Duties: 

Volunteers will help conduct scientific monitoring for beach spawning forage fish. This will include setting up transects, collecting sediment sample, collecting data and processing data on a mobile device, all under the direction of our field biologist. Samples are then processed under microscope to look for, and collect, any eggs in the sediment samples.

Qualifications: 

This is a citizen science program with no experience necessary. This project is open to people with all skill levels and all ages. It is a great way to enjoy some beach time, meet some new people and give back to the community in a positive way.

Role is suitable for: 
All Ages
Families
Groups
How to apply: 
email monitoring@lagoonsociety.com
Contact person: 
Jenn Blancard
Volunteer Centre: 
Cause Tags: 
Education & Research
Environment & Animals
Volunteerism
Mission:
Position type:
Number of volunteers required:
1
Position start/end date:
19 Mar 2019 to 30 Jun 2019
Time Committment:
2 Hours Total
Time of day:
Daytime
Work location:
Madeira Park, BC