The Water Ship News ~ June 2017
Volunteer Service of the Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association
Editor – Don Lowen
"GVSEA publishes the Water Ship News on a monthly basis for educators, secondary students, agencies and community organizations.The ‘News informs participants in Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Stream to Sea Program in the Capital Regional District.The ‘News also notifies students and educators of training and volunteer opportunities concerning species enhancement and habitat restoration. In turn, community organizations find the support they require to fulfill their objectives.
June 2/17 - Decision Reversed on Termination of DFO Support Contracts
Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Pacific Regional staff were informed this afternoon that, contrary to last week’s announcement, the Department will undertake contracts to provide education and technical support for Community Involvement Program activities including the Stream to Sea education program.
The commitment is for the 2017/18 fiscal year beginning August 1/17 and ending July 31/18. The Pacific Regional office has not communicated a plan beyond this time. In Victoria on Wednesday, Fisheries Minister Dominic Leblanc said that “That particular program may not be the source of our support but with the money I announced today and the plans we have over the next number of months we will be doing more of that exact kind of work, not less so people shouldn’t think we’re walking away from these efforts.”
No one in DFO’s Pacific Region was party to either decision (this week or last).
Education support contracts cost about $400,000/year, about 0.2% of the Department’s annual budget. The Stream to Sea program reaches about 35,000 students across the Pacific Region. About one half of BC’s population has participated in a classroom salmon incubation project.
Classroom Incubation - We’ve Been Blogged!
Mike Walker, Executive Producer of Roll Focus Productions, has beautifully captured the classroom incubation program in his online account of his company’s office incubation project.
Go to http://rollfocus.com/blog/thinktank
Report! – Participation agreements require that, by June 1st, all participants report the number of fry released, the location and the ATU value at the time of release. If you have not yet done so, please send this information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survival Rates this Year
Dumamiel Creek coho (7 of 7 projects reported) – 97.2%
Goldstream chum/coho (74 of 98 reported) – 94.8%
Two Goldstream stock projects failed at the egg stage. All others were completed.
Calling All Grade Three Teachers (Peninsula Streams Society)
Thanks to those who responded with information about the grade(s) you teach.
Peninsula Streams has a grade three field study program that fits the fry release event very well. If you have not yet informed me, please email email@example.com if you are interested in this value-added program for the 2018 program.
Storm Drain Marking Program
Storm drain marking activities begin with warm, dry weather. I will provide a classroom presentation and all necessary equipment. For more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ Community Activities ~
June 3/4th - Volunteers Needed for Fishing Derby (Peninsula Streams Society)
The Port Sidney Fishing Derby will take place next weekend June 3/4th. Net proceeds from the derby go to Pacific Salmon Foundation, one of our main project sponsors. If some of our volunteers can help with set-up and take-down, we will also get a cash donation directly from the Port Sidney Marina. If you can help, please let us know~!
Next Count Sunday June 11th – Coastal Waterbird Count (Cowichan Land Trust)
Please join us for the next Coastal Waterbird Count of the new year in Cowichan Bay on Sunday, June 11th. We meet in the parking lot at Hecate Park behind the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre and count birds from the boat launch, the Nature Centre, below the viewing tower, and the kayak park.
The Waterbird Count, which usually takes less than an hour, is a chance to practise birding skills, hang out with other birders, maybe get some good pictures, and contribute valuable data to Bird Studies Canada.
For the schedule and more information about the count, visit http://www.cowichanestuary.ca/programs/citizen-science/
July 30th, 9 AM to 3 PM - Kids! Let’s Go Fishing This Summer! (Greater Victoria Pink Salmon Festival)
Go fishing this summer at the Pink Salmon Festival. Experienced fishers will take you fishing in their boats. Bring a parent or your friend’s parent for the trip, then to a barbeque for some good stuff!
Last time, kids caught fish up to 22 lbs (11 kg). Tell your parents to contact:
Kids’ Registrar Jacquie Burden at email@example.com for more information.
Boats depart from Jock’s Dock, Sooke Harbour Marina, Cheanuh Marina and Pedder Bay Marina.
You MUST be registered before you attend.
Parliamentary Committee Report – Re Review of 2012 Changes to Fisheries Act
Pursuant to its mandate under Standing Order 108(2), the Committee has completed the Review of the Changes made in 2012 to the Fisheries Act: enhancing the protection of fish and fish habitat and the management of Canadian fisheries and has agreed to report the following:
Brand New Lesson Plans - Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents: Canada's First Marine Protected Area
(Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Want to learn more about extreme environments?
Introducing Fisheries and Oceans Canada's newest lesson plan, Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents: Canada's First Marine Protected Area. Through class discussions, research, and activities, students in Grades 4 to 11 will learn about the ocean biome, hydrothermal vents, and more specifically about Canada’s Endeavour Hydrothermal vent site and its designation as a Marine Protected Area. Generously hosted by Ocean Networks Canada, the lesson plan can be found at:
White Nose Syndrome (WNS) Alert – Ministry of Environment, Government of BC
WNS is an invasive fungal disease that has killed 7 million bats in eastern North America since arriving here in 2006, and has caused emergency listing of Little Brown and Northern Bats in Canada due to 90% to 100% declines at some hibernacula.
WNS was detected in Washington State in 2016 and is likely to spread to BC, putting our bats at risk.
We are requesting that the public report and submit dead bats to the BC Community Bat Program for WNS analysis. Please read the following information bulletin: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017ENV0013-000301
Thanks for the help.
Ministry of Environment
Government of BC
BC Green Games
It has never been more important to inspire and support our youth to think globally and act locally.
Since 2008, BC Green Games has received over 950 projects from 40 school districts in BC, with all these projects permanently archived and shareable on the BC Green Games website.
Each year, 3000 students are directly involved in the project submissions and another approximately 10, 000 project supporters get involved in BC school communities (parents, school staff and fellow students). In 2012, BC Green Games was nominated for, and won, the CASCADE award for Best Energy Literacy Project by the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation.
For more information, go to BC Green Games.
SalmonWild Resource – NatureKids BC
For children and parents, naturalists and teachers, for anyone interested in learning about the intriguing world of salmon, the NatureKids BC has brought together fascinating and fun-filled facts to help you on your way.
In SalmonWILD you’ll learn about salmon lifecycles and discover how salmon navigate back to their home stream. You’ll connect with First Nations salmon culture and discover how salmon are vital to the Circle of Life.
You’ll learn where to find salmon and where to find more information about salmon. You can get involved in helping protect salmon and their habitat by diving into some of the stewardship activities and get inspired for action by reading about our salmon champion professionals and children in the field.
Kristine Webber, Executive Director, NatureKids BC
p. 604.833.8001 mobile
Seaquaria in Schools - World Fisheries Trust
Looking to broaden the horizons of your students' learning in 2016? Interested in engaging your students through hands-on exploration? Seaquaria in Schools offers a wide variety of mobile programs that are applicable for any age, background and learning style! Our educators are keen to showcase our programs during your school's next staff meeting - please contact Holly Neate, Education Coordinator, for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org or (250) 380-7585.
Eco Learning Hive - World Fisheries Trust
Our newly updated Eco Hive website is now live! www.ecolearninghive.org
Nature-based education most directly affects how people feel and live within their environments, contributing to decision making and personal behaviours and, hopefully, stewardship for improved environmental sustainability. Eco Learning Hive is a platform that caters to the BC Education system, including teachers, support staff, students and parents. It also reaches further into the community to include the organizations that are creating and delivering quality educational content.
In Spring 2016, we are aiming to have over 30 participating organizations and dozens of listed programs and materials available! Be sure to check us out in February to become one of the first members of our new hive!
For updates on our programs, developments, and ways to get involved, check out our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/WorldFisheriesTrust. You can also contact Holly Neate, Education Coordinator, at 250-380-7585 or email@example.com.
Ollie the Otter, Watershed Warden – Capital Regional District
Ollie the Otter CRD’s Watershed Warden introduces a new Watershed Stewardship Lesson Plan, Resources & Badge Program.
Taking a fun, action-orientated approach, Ollie the Otter, the CRD’s Watershed Warden, encourages children to join his team by learning about watersheds and undertaking a stewardship activity. Children are invited to submit a drawing or a letter about what good work they have done to contribute towards a healthy watershed. Ollie, in turn, will mail a CRD Watershed Warden iron-on badge back to the child with a letter of congratulations.
Who: Educators, environmental stewardship mentors, community groups and elementary school-aged children across the capital region
What: Ollie the Otter, CRD’s Watershed Warden program for Watersheds Stewardship
1. Rainwater and Watersheds K-7 lesson plans & badge program. www.crd.bc.ca/education/school-programs/for-educators/educator-guides-resources/watersheds
2. Watershed Stewardship Videos & Graphics www.crd.bc.ca/education/our-environment/watersheds/educational-resources
3. CRD Watershed Maps & Flow diagrams www.crd.bc.ca/education/our-environment/watersheds/watershed-maps-flow-diagrams
4. More CRD Watershed Stewardship Educational Resources www.crd.bc.ca/watersheds
Where: all resources available at www.crd.bc.ca/watersheds
Funded by the CRD and an RBC Blue Water Project grant, the CRD has created watershed stewardship educational resources to support learning and encourage action to help protect, clean and enhance local watersheds.
Note: High School Level > Stormwater & Watershed Resource (may also be appropriate for a “Careers” class): Teachers may borrow a DVD copy of an award-winning documentary entitled “Lost Rivers” Lost Rivers (CatBird Films - view trailer)
Contact: Natalie Bandringa, Watershed Specialist, CRD firstname.lastname@example.org
Connecting Kids to Nature Through Art – Robert Bateman Centre
Come experience our three inquiry-based education programs linked to the new BC curriculum and competencies. Each one is enriched with the integration of literacy, fine arts and stewardship of our natural world. Programs are linked to the curriculum for grades 3-8 but can be easily adapted. More information: https://batemancentre.org/learn/
Location: The Robert Bateman Centre
Phone Number: 250-940-3626 x302
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6/5/2017 08:40:16 pm
The arrival of 200 salmon eggs to our classroom each year was one of the highlights of my time at Saturna Elementary in the Southern Gulf Islands. I know I wasn't the only student who took great interest in the young salmon, as they transitioned from eggs to eyed eggs, eyed eggs to alevin, and finally alevin to fry. The day when we would scoop our fry into clear plastic bags and carry them down Sunset Blvd to Lyall Creek, where we would release them along with 200,000 salmon sent over from the hatchery, was such a joyous occasion. My father Rick Jones was one of the individuals who spearheaded the Lyall Creek Salmon Enhancement Project nearly 35 years ago, and it has been a labour of love for the entire community restoring our creek and seeing the salmon return once more. Recently, upon bringing my daughter to preschool classes at Saturna Elementary, I reveled in the fact that this worthwhile program was still running for a new generation of children. The program did such a tremendous job of teaching children how to be stewards of the environment, and about the important role salmon played in our coastal ecosystems. The potential loss of this program has brought me to tears. I cannot understand how the DFO could come to the conclusion that this program did not fit into their mandate, and while the decision to continue the program through 2018 is heartening, I'm still very concerned about the long-term continuation of this program.
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