Date(s) - 11/Oct/2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Unitarian Centre (Hewett Hall)
Forage fishes are relatively small at maturity, but size isn’t everything. In fact, fishes such as smelts, sand lance and herring are critical to the existence and health of B.C.’s coastal marine food web. They link the plankton with larger predators such as fishes (eg. Chinook salmon), seabirds, marine mammals, bears, coyotes and humans. Dr. Abby Schwarz will describe forage fish physical features, habits and habitats, how our fisheries – but not indigenous ones – compete with predators for forage fishes, what is being done to maintain and increase forage fish populations, and how Friends of Semiahmoo Bay are doing citizen science work to preserve forage fish spawning habitat.
Abby Schwarz is a member of the Marine Biology Committee, a former professor at Langara College and a marine researcher.