The Herring Project team are fourth year Environmental Science students from the University of British Columbia working with CityStudio, City of Vancouver, and the Squamish Streamkeepers Society on our capstone project. Our team will be examining the work of the Streamkeepers in False Creek Vancouver BC, as well as determining if certain factors such as the location of the herring nets and time of deployment affect the success of egg densities on the nets. Our project began in September 2019 and will end in April 2020. This project will consist of a proposal, data collection, a map for the website, as well as a brochure by early April.
The Squamish Streamkeepers have developed a methodology for supporting herring populations in urban areas that have been degraded by anthropogenic impacts. In False Creek Vancouver BC they have deployed artificial spawning net panels that create habitat for egg deposition. However, the success from their ongoing project has not yet been documented with scientific rigor. The goal of our project is to document the practices of the Streamkeepers, and communicate it in a way that others can easily follow and repeat on their own.
The UBC Herring Project report was conducted in 2019/2020 by a team of UBC Environmental Science students. Their goal was to document and share the work of the Squamish Streamkeepers, so others can repeat this process, build on this project and share this unique way of restoring Pacific Herring throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Kiana Yerxa is a 4th year UBC student
studying an Environmental Science major with an area of concentration in Land,
Air, and Water.
Nathalie Buu is a 4th year UBC student
attaining a major Environmental Science with an area of concentration of Land, Air and Water.
Xinchen Wang is a 4th year UBC student
in Environmental Science major with an area of concentration in Land, Air, and
Hailing Yang is a 4th year UBC student
in Environmental Science major with an area of concentration of Land, Air, and
Jenefer Smalley has a Diploma of
Technology in Fish, Wildlife and Recreation from BCIT, and is the
Communications Director of the Squamish Streamkeepers.
Dr. Jonn Matsen is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, his practice is called Northshore Naturopathic. Jonn is soon to retire his practice and is co-chair of the Squamish Streamkeepers.
Photo: Streamkeepers and UBC Students. Image by Keith Wright