CWFS staffers Tom Balfour and Dani Francis check out a baby fish at the society’s Lost Shoe Creek smolt trap.

Volunteer to help baby salmon

Spring is here and opportunities to better your Coast are blooming in abundance.

Spring is here and opportunities to better your Coast are blooming in abundance.

The Central Westcoast Forest Society (CWFS) is encouraging locals to learn about local salmon by volunteering to help monitor a smolt trap at Lost Shoe Creek. For the past 20 years, the CWFS has been working to restore local habitats and reverse the damage done by unsustainable logging practices in the 1960’s.

CWFS project manager Tom Balfour told the Westerly smolt monitoring helps create a baseline for how local salmon are doing.

“By trapping the smolt heading out to sea, we are establishing a baseline for what to expect out of fish populations in these creeks and apply that to all our restoration projects on the Coast,” he said.

Lost Shoe’s smolt trap was installed in 2007 and the CWFS monitors the trap each spring. This year’s efforts kicked off last week and locals are invited to lend a hand. Volunteers help count, measure and weigh the baby salmon and also check for parasites.

Balfour said volunteers score a fun, hands-on, education while enhancing the unique environment they enjoy.

“You don’t really get to interact with fish at that lifestage very often,” he said. “It’s a way to give back to where you live.”

He added that salmon are vital locally.

“Theyre the lifeblood of this Coast,” he said. “They bring nutrients into the forest and they bring all the other animals that come with that. They’re the backbone of the ecosystems on the West Coast.”Anyone interested in helping the society out is encouraged to contact the CWFS at  info@clayoquot.org.

“We definitely have a grood group of really dedicated and excited volunteers come help us out whenever we need and hopefully we’ll find more,” Balfour said.

 

 

Just Posted

Ucluelet mariners David Payne and Brian Congdon receive Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Long Service Medals

“It is a symbol of their countless volunteer hours they have devoted, the lives they have saved.”

Santa Claus coming to Tofino and Ucluelet

Two pancake breakfast events on Saturday.

Aid a priority for idled Vancouver Island loggers, John Horgan says

Steelworkers, Western Forest Products returning to mediation

COLUMN: Zero Waste Holidays, is it possible?

Kristen O’Keefe and Diane Rudge co-own The Den Ucluelet, a zero waste soap dispensary and refillery.

Courtenay-Alberni NDP MP Gord Johns says Scheer’s resignation not surprising

Pressure is on NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, as the lone major party leader remaining in the opposition

VIDEO: Success of wildlife corridors in Banff National Park has advocates wanting more

Demand for more highway protection escalated after seven elk were killed by a semi-trailer near Canmore

B.C. VIEWS: Hunger does not end with the season

Despite innovations in food distribution, the need is still there in B.C. communities

Sharks beat Canucks 4-2 to snap 6-game skid

Vancouver visits Vegas on Sunday

Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

The Canadians in attendance made sure their team and flag were honoured on the podium

VIDEO: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

Social media eulogies peg the property, nicknamed “The Pharamacy,” as both loved and hated

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

Nanaimo mechanical engineer creates thief tracking program

Nanaimo Thief Tracking lets users plot and share information about thefts online

Mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Most Read