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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Bear Smart

Nile Creek Enhancement Society (NCES) recently teamed up with Bear Smart BC and placed a bear-resistant public waste container at the Nile Creek Fish Hatchery. Bears are attracted to the area when the fish are spawning, feeding on the salmon and carrying them into the forest, leaving the remaining parts to fertilize the trees and …

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