Herring Conservation in False Creek by The Squamish Streamkeepers Society.
Inspiring knowledge. This short video brings historical context to the waters plied by the First Nations long before first contact, to the waters that nourished and sustained the First Nations people, and later created jobs and prosperity for the commercial fisheries. There is a message about the Circle of Life which will intrigue FCRCC members. We will have a connection to the waters on which we paddle and the life cycles which thrive under our boats.
There is a resurgence of bait in local waters. 2019 marks the 7th annual herring conservation initiative by The Squamish Streamkeepers and Dr Jonn Matsen on Granville Island.
This project suspends mesh nets from the dock, creating a kind of artificial eel grass for herring to lay their eggs. This project helps restore local herring populations, which are a vital part of local food chain, from salmon, to seals and heron, to the threatened Southern Resident Killer Whales.
Hundreds if not thousands of tons of herring spawned in the Howe Sound in the 1960’s. This mass of herring in turn fed salmon, cod, birds, sea mammals and humans, who could easily scoop up a bucket of herring at will. Wild life thrived in those days. This ended by the 1970’s with the industrial development.
Herring have been spawning again recently in False Creek and Howe Sound for the last several years with the help anglers and The Squamish Streamkeepers Society ( Dr. Jonn Matsen, Co-Chair and Herring Coordinator) .
We join The Squamish Streamkeepers working on the docks of Granville Island with volunteers from the local angling community, revealing conservation and science based local advocacy in the heart of the city.
Watch this video: https://vimeo.com/329395452