Something Fishy

Looking at Fish
Two participants look at some kelp greenings.

Last week I joined some folks with Raincoast Education Society in Tofino as they conducted a beach seine in the eelgrass beds on the shore right in the middle of town. It was a great opportunity to get re-acquainted with some of the fish that can be found in the extensive eelgrass beds around Tofino and meet some new ones. The beach seine was a joint effort between Raincoast and Parks Canada and staff from both organizations were on hand to help identify fish and make connections between the fish and the eelgrass ecosystem.

Tube-Snouts
Tube-Snouts

It was pretty challenging to take photographs of the fish but I did manage to get some images of Shiner Perch and Tube-Snouts. In addition to these fish we also caught Penpoint Gunnels, Crescent Gunnels,  a large Whitespotted Greenling, a Rosylip Sculpin, Pacific Staghorn Sculpin, an English Sole, Threespine Stickleback and many more. I was amazed at the diversity of fish and crabs that we caught not more than 3 metres from the shore.

Shiner Perch
Shiner Perch

The Raincoast Education Society has another beach seine scheduled on Thursday, August 26 between 9:00 am to 10:30 am at Tofino Sea Kayaking  (320 Main Street) in Tofino, British Columbia. If you’re in town make sure to drop in and check out the seine – it’s “in-seine” fun and educational to boot!

Josie and Penpoint Gunnel
Josie from Raincoast Education Society eyes a Penpoint Gunnel

Raincoast Education Society offers a range of public walks in the forests, beaches, intertidal zones and mudflats around Tofino and Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island.  FMI contact Raincoast at 250-725-2560. More about this seine can be read in the article The Unseen Between the Seine on the Westerly News web site.

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