Keeping sound research at the heart of our activities, we are building an ever-broadening range of conservation-related programs. They are run at a low cost with little or no external funding and labour is almost entirely volunteer-based.

Cetacean Sightings and Identification Photography

Station users continued recording all marine mammal sightings in our database, including opportunistic sightings while performing other research and data collected during surveys with high school and college students.  All data is shared with the BC Cetacean Sightings Network.  We also send identification photos to local researchers for ID, enriching local knowledge on the behaviour and range of these fascinating animals.

This work would not be possible without the shared expertise of the Marine Education and Research Society (MERS), and we are grateful for this collaboration.

Unique kokanee salmon – a land-locked sockeye

Kokanee Salmon_collection team 2015In 2015, the Catch-Clip-Release (CCR) program helped to identify a unique population of kokanee salmon – land-locked sockeye – in a heavily logged watershed on Gilford Island.  In 2016, we collaborated with the University of British Columbia (UBC), University of Toronto (UofT), and Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to: (i) complete research on the characteristics of the newly identified kokanee population, (ii) investigate the watershed’s current characteristics and industrial logging history in relation to the kokanee population’s evolutionary origins, and (iii) examine genetic relatedness between these kokanee and nearby ocean-run sockeye populations, some of which are understudied and will be sampled, analysed, and added to the genetic baseline.

This initiative was led by Mack Bartlett. Results from this research will inform discussions with collaborators, such as the MDTC, to explore research directions and sampling of other understudied salmon populations.