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There are no current Reefkeeper projects. These are some past projects.

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Past Reefkeeper Projects


SPARS (Sidney Pier Artificial Reef Science) SPARS is the pilot project of the Reefkeepers' Guide. Volunteer divers have been monitoring an artificial reef in Sidney, B.C. adjacent to the Pier on Bevan, a recreational pier, since the beginning of 1997. They are trying to assess the effectiveness of this reef as new habitat for crabs, shrimp, fish, and other marine organisms important in recreational fishing and Scuba diving goals of the pier and reef.

For more details on SPARS, here is the database summary report:

Project Information

Project Number:1
Project Name:SPARS
Full Project Name:Sidney Pier Artificial Reef Science
Project Coordinator:Gaye Sihin
Project Leader:Phil Lambert
Project ID:SPARS

Project Comments: In November, 1996, a new artificial reef was created adjacent to phase I of the Pier on Bevan in Sidney, B.C. constructed earlier the same year for recreational purposes. The reef was intended to enhance recreational fishing and diving from the Pier on Bevan for residents and visitors of Sidney to enjoy. Both the pier and reef were built using funds raised from local residents and businesses.
Project Objectives: Assess the new artificial reef adjacent to the Pier on Bevan in Sidney B.C. as improved or modified habitat for crabs, shrimp, and fish. Goals are to conduct: marine life surveys; volunteer diver training (methods and identification); seabottom mapping; technology showcasing; ocean monitoring; habitat evaluation; public education; sport and recreation; as well as to produce the Reefkeepers' Guide.

Reef ID: AN
Reef Full Name: Artificial Reef North
Latitude: 48deg38minN
Depth: 10 metres
Longitude:123deg25minW
Dimensions: about 40x5x2 metres
Reef Type: Reef Ball
Substrate Type: mud/sand
Reef Description:
Cluster of Reef Balls north of the Pier on Bevan. Reef starts at the fourth piling from shore (the first angled piling from shore). Follow the angled piling to the bottom to get to the reef.
Transects on this reef:
Transect IDParent IDLocation Description Transects Description
AN
Marked by a rope running East-West (seaward-shoreward) along centre of Reef AN.Artificial Reef North Transect

Reef ID: AS
Reef Full Name: Artificial Reef South
Latitude: 48deg38minN
Depth: 10 metres
Longitude:123deg25minW
Dimensions: about 35x10x2 metres
Reef Type: Reef Ball
Substrate Type: mud/sand
Reef Description:
Cluster of Reef Balls north of the Pier on Bevan. Reef starts at the fourth piling from shore (the first angled piling from shore). Follow the angled piling to the bottom to get to the reef.
Transects on this reef:
Transect IDParent IDLocation Description Transects Description
AS
Marked by a rope running East-West (seaward-shoreward) along centre of Reef AS.Artificial Reef South Transect

Reef ID: NS
Reef Full Name: Natural Reef South
Latitude: 48deg38minN
Depth: 10 metres
Longitude:123deg25minW
Dimensions: about 85x25x6 metres
Reef Type: Reef Ball
Substrate Type: gravel/sand
Reef Description:
Composed of similar sized rock throughout (thought to ballast rock arising from a historical pier on the site). Not natural, but naturalized. Located about 15 metres due south of the end of phase I of the Pier on Bevan (piling #5), past 'AS'.
Transects on this reef:

Transect IDParent IDLocation Description Transects Description
NS
Unmarked transect running East-West (seaward-shoreward) along base of Natural South Reef at a depth similar to Reef Ball reefs (AN and AS), ie. about 10 metres.Natural South Reef Transect
Visit their site at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sci/protocol/spars/ to find out more.
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SIBRS (Saanich Inlet/Breakwater Reef Science)
SIBRS is a project of the Reefkeepers' Guide. Volunteer divers have been monitoring natural rocky reefs in Saanich Inlet and at Ogden Point Breakwater, in Victoria, since March of 2000. They are trying to assess the effectiveness of this reef as habitat for salmon, crab, shrimp, fish, and other marine organisms important in recreational and commercial fishing.

For more details on SIBRS, here is the database summary report:

Project Information

Project Number:
2
Project Name:
SIBRS
Full Project Name:Saanich Inlet/Breakwater Reef Science
Project Coordinator:
Gaye Sihin
Project ID:
SIBRS

Project Comments: The waters of Patricia Bay, Saanich Inlet, and the Gorge Waterway were once diverse and complex marine habitats, providing an ideal rearing area for juvenile chum, coho, and other salmonids emerging from adjacent spawning streams. These marine environments have suffered over the last several decades as a result of terrestrial sources of contamination through run-off from residential, agricultural, and industrial areas. These and other indicators suggest that the quality and quantity of juvenile salmonid habitats within Patricia Bay and the Gorge Waterway are declining.

In March 2000, 50 volunteer divers were trained in the Reefkeepers methods and protocols to look at five natural rocky reef locations in the vicinity of Saanich Inlet and Victoria's waterfront. Volunteers came from local high schools, environmental organizations, universities, colleges, and local dive clubs.

Project Objectives: Goals are to conduct: marine life surveys; volunteer diver training (methods and identification); seabottom mapping; ocean monitoring; habitat evaluation; public education; sport and recreation; as well as to test the Reefkeepers' Guide.

Reef ID: HP
Reef Full Name: Henderson Point
Latitude: 48deg35.9minN
Depth: 10 metres
Longitude:123deg28.8minW
Dimensions: about 30x2x1 metres
Reef Type: Natural Rocky
Substrate Type: Rock
Reef Description:
Natural rocky reef on the east side of Saanich Inlet, north of Brentwood Bay. The transect on the rocky reef starts at 8 metres from the natural northern seawall at the beach access.
Transect ID: HP
Marked by a rope running North-South (parallel to shore) along a natural rocky seabottom.

Reef ID: WP
Reef Full Name: Willis Point
Latitude: 48deg34.7minN
Depth: 10 metres
Longitude:123deg29.1minW
Dimensions: about 30x2x1 metres
Reef Type: Natural Rocky
Substrate Type: Rock
Reef Description:
Natural rocky reef on the east side of Saanich Inlet, north of Brentwood Bay. The transect on the rocky reef lies in 10 metres of water and is about 35 metres from the main point of entry. It lies on a ledge before the natural wall drop-off.
Transect ID: WP
Marked by a rope running North-South (parallel to shore) along a natural rocky seabottom.

Reef ID: GA
Reef Full Name: Goldstream Area
Latitude: 48deg29.9minN
Depth: 10 metres
Longitude:123deg33.4minW
Dimensions: about 30x2x1 metres
Reef Type: Natural Rocky
Substrate Type: Rock
Reef Description:
Natural rocky reef on the south-west side of Saanich Inlet, north of Goldstream Provincial Park. The transect on the rocky reef lies in 10 metres of water and is to the west of the boat ramp at Hall's Boat House. It lies on a ledge before the natural wall drop-off.
Transect ID: GA
Marked by a rope running East-West (perpendicular to shore) along a natural rocky seabottom.

Reef ID: TR
Reef Full Name: Tanner Rock
Latitude: 48deg37.7minN
Depth: 10 metres
Longitude:123deg31.4minW
Dimensions: about 30x2x1 metres
Reef Type: Natural Rocky
Substrate Type: Rock
Reef Description:
Natural rocky reef on the west side of Saanich Inlet, south of Mill Bay, north of Bamberton Park. The transect on the rocky reef lies in 10 metres of water, 5 metres south of the buoy. It lies just south of the concrete pilings used to anchor the marker buoy.
Transect ID: TR
Marked by a rope running east-west (perpendicular to shore) along a natural rocky seabottom.

Reef ID: BW
Reef Full Name: Ogden Point Breakwater
Latitude: 48deg24.8minN
Depth: 10 metres
Longitude:123deg23.1minW
Dimensions: about 30x2x1 metres
Reef Type: Natural Rocky
Substrate Type: Rock
Reef Description:
Natural rocky reef on the south side of the breakwater at Ogden Point. The transect on the rocky reef lies in 10 metres of water and is parallel to the breakwater, marked by a "#2" on the concrete blocks.
Transect ID: BW
Marked by a rope running parallel to the breakwater itself along a natural rocky seabottom.

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