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General News · 11th May 2009
Sarah Downey
FORAGE FISH WORKSHOP
With instructor Ramona deGraaf/ Bamfield Marine Station

Sunday May 17, 2009
10:00am 1:00pm Pioneer Room
2:00pm 4:30pm Smelt Bay

What, you ask, are forage fish?
Surf smelt and Pacific sand lance are forage fish that spawn in the upper intertidal areas of our local sand and gravel beaches. They are the most important food source for salmon, seabirds and whales. We probably walk on their eggs when we take our beach walks from Smelt Bay to the Maple Tree.

Ramona is spearheading a coastal initiative to train local communities in the documentation of local spawning beaches. Once we know where this valuable spawning habitat is, we can learn how to protect it and ensure the future success of forage fish stocks in coastal B.C.

Join us for this exciting and informative workshop. Please call FOCI 935-0087 to register or drop by the office on Friday

Sponsored by Friends of Cortes Island Society