Underwater photo of fish in eel grass

CITIZEN SCIENCE IN ACTION

Forage Fish & Eel Grass

Wednesday June 5, 2024, 10:30am-12pm, Friendship Park, Sechelt

Join Dianne Sanford at Friendship park in Sechelt for a hands-on sampling session to see what’s done when we sample the beach for surf smelt and pacific sand lance eggs.

We will also discuss the importance of these fishes to all of us, and their connection to eelgrass and orcas.

Bring your gumboots and curiosity for this hands-on demonstration.

Forage fish on a log

About Dianne Sanford

Dianne has been coordinating forage fish sampling on the lower Sunshine Coast for several decades.  She works with volunteer citizen scientists to determine sand lance and surf smelt spawning presence at local beaches, information which was previously undocumented.  This information is then submitted to a central database for public information.  

Friends of Forage Fish website.

Additional resources:

Surf smelt (top) and Pacific Sandlance
Forage fish: More than just some little fish

Watch this webinar for an introduction to the wonders of all the little fish.