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Hello folks, seems like there have been alot of great reports and threads about the Fraser and Vedder rivers lately.

I thought I would add something different just to switch things up and do a quick pic heavy report on some local volunteer/stewardship happenings. Today Langley Environmental Partners Society (http://www.leps.bc.ca/) and the Seymour Salmonid Society (http://www.seymoursalmon.com/) undertook a beach seine on a local river. If what is happening in the following pictures looks like fun to you check out the previously listed websites and get involved.

This needs alot more explaining than I have time to give right now so I will stick with pictures and a few comments. I will try to add more text in the near future (my list of chores is long and the lady will be home soon :-\) also feel free to ask any questions and I will reply ASAP.

The fish were all captured using a beach seine and sorted with dip nets:



All previously captured fish were released immediately to prevent unnecessary stress:



The purpose of the seine was to asses the health of the stock, take scale samples and apply radio tags:


this fish has been marked with an operculum punch to help asses the strength of the stock using Mark and Recapture techniques


this fish has been fitted with a radio tag and spaghetti tag to allow for collection of migration and distribution data it is now being revived for a safe release


this photo shows yours truly operculum punching a small coho

We captured steelhead as well as coho like this one:



and cutts like this one, that is still recovering from spawning this spring:



All in all it was a very fun day and goes to show that volunteering can be exciting as well as rewarding. All of the fish we processed today were released unharmed and swam away.

As I previously said I did not have alot of time to write up the text and I realise it is disjointed to some extent. I will be happy to answer any questions that reading this brings up. Just post them and I promise I will reply ASAP.

Tight lines,

Pat

Edited for spelling thanks Ribby! ;)
 

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how many of these types of things go on during weekends though? i have looked into joining some volunteering but most seem to happen during my work hours :wallbash: :wallbash:

Wish i had your job instead Pat ;) by the way AWESOME photos of what you all were doing.

Pat i will have a bunch of questions besides the one i just posted when i see you in a couple weeks :thumbup:
 

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Most excellant Pat.
I have been up in the 'boo for a bit and haven't had a chance to hook up with anyone up here yet.
I do miss the gang back in langley.
How is Yorkson looking?
 

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nayhkilas said:
me and my wife would love to participate. Is there a source that lists all such societies to up to 100 km from Vancouver?
Here is a link to contact info for the DFO Community Advisors for all of BC (http://www-heb.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/community/contacts/ca_e.htm) , give the one in your area a call, tell him what you are interested in and he will hook you up with an appropriate group.
 

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phearless said:
Most excellant Pat.
I have been up in the 'boo for a bit and haven't had a chance to hook up with anyone up here yet.
I do miss the gang back in langley.
How is Yorkson looking?
Hey Phearless good to hear from you,

Yorkson is doing good there is alot goin on there, we are doing groundwater conservation education throughout the watershed.

A couple times in the last few weeks we have been doing large scale invasive removal from the creekbanks, and while there noticed a great number of coho fry so that is a great sign.

I wish I knew you were in the boo, I have already been up there alot this year and we should have hooked up to throw some line had some great fun on some of your lakes.
 

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Pat AV said:
nayhkilas said:
me and my wife would love to participate. Is there a source that lists all such societies to up to 100 km from Vancouver?
Here is a link to contact info for the DFO Community Advisors for all of BC (http://www-heb.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/community/contacts/ca_e.htm) , give the one in your area a call, tell him what you are interested in and he will hook you up with an appropriate group.
Thanks Pat !
 
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