NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 – The year comes to a close, but the process starts anew

The hatchery and tanks have been cleaned and prepped awaiting the arrival of this year’s eggs from the Quinsam River Hatchery. Once the eggs are in the tanks, caring of them begins; dead picking until the Alevin emerge. The daily process of taking and recording of water temperatures will continue through the new year. All …

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OCTOBER 2015 – Fallen Trees Block Passage of Returning Pinks

Wind, heavy rains and weakened banks caused several alders to fall across the creek creating yet more obstacles for the few returning pinks. The homeowner located midway up Charlton Drive reported the problem and assisted in the removal of the fallen trees. Many thanks to Phil, Bob, Corley, Gord and Jack for wading in and …

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Kelp Restoration Research Project

Bull kelp project sites in central Strait of Georgia 2015
Bull kelp project sites in central Strait of Georgia 2015

This project is a collaboration of the Nile Creek Enhancement Society (NCES) and the Comox Valley Project Watershed Society (PW) to research methods for restoration of Bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) in the trend towards warming waters in central Strait of Georgia.

In 2015, the project was included in Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Salish Sea Marine Survival Project (SSMSP). Our main research site, a culture grid at Maude Reef, Hornby Island, produced a large biomass (several thousand kilograms) of bull kelp that was studied by divers and extensively sampled for a wide range of environmental conditions.

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June 2015 – Nash Creek Off-Channel Pond and Connector Rehabilitation

Looking south at existing lower off-channel pond in Nash Creek, 14 May 2014
Photo 1. Looking south at existing lower off-channel pond in Nash Creek, 14 May 2014

The off-channel pond rehabilitation project on Nash Creek was one of five fish habitat rehabilitation projects completed between 2010 and 2015 under the auspices of the Nile Creek – Qualicum Bay Enhancement Program.

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