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Shorekeeper Projects on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo Area
Community Fisheries Development Society

The Community Fisheries Development Society (CFDS) has been in partnership with DFO over the past 2 1/2 years to field test the Shorekeeper survey methods and provide training and skills to individuals displaced by changes in the fishing industry. The result has been the establishment of 34 study sites between Ladysmith and Qualicum Beach. These have been surveyed annually since 1997 under the leadership of Bonnie Dietterle and Linda Nichol.

West Coast Vancouver Island
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Parks and Heritage Canada

About 43% of the area of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is in the marine environment. Shoreline monitoring began in 1997 in response to two factors:
  • visitation is increasing at 4 - 7% annually, with close to 1 million people visiting Long Beach in 1999; and
  • the unknown impact(s) of visitors on the living plants and animals that comprise the exposed rocky intertidal zone.
Pacific Rim marine ecologist, Heather Holmes has been carrying out intertidal monitoring in the park by including Shorekeeper surveys in Elderhostel programs run in the park.

The objectives of this monitoring are to:

  • obtain baseline information on the distribution, abundance, size, and population of animals and macro-flora of the exposed rocky intertidal zone;
  • identify natural sources of disturbance (e.g. storm damage from waves and logs) and human-induced disturbance (e.g. beach combing and trampling; and
  • to provide early detection of disturbance (natural or human-induced).
Elderhostel participants receive a brief training and then carry out a survey at a specified site.

The data collected will potentially be used:

  • To modify visitor use patterns in the park reserve;
  • To make decisions about where park interpretive programs are offered, minimizing environmental impacts on intertidal zones; and
  • By other agencies

Saanich Inlet
Tseycum First Nation

Working with the Tseycum and TenTen Creek Restoration Project and the Tseycum First Nations, 6 Shorekeeper study sites were established in Patricia Bay during July and August of 1999. Surveys were led by Linda Nichol and Kevin Conley. The survey sites are near the mouths of creeks in which habitat restoration and salmon stock re-introduction is planned. Site re-surveys are planned for spring and summer 2000.

Nanaimo Area Saanich Inlet Pacific Rim National Park