Cover photo – Coho fry – photo by Eiko Jones
– Village Bay Lakes data monitoring
– Village Bay Creek fish fence & video system
– Coho fry observation
– Lakekeepers course
Village Bay Lakes data monitoring
Village Bay creek fish fence & video system
Salmon are notoriously difficult to count, particularly Coho, which prefer to move at night. Coho spawn in many of the tributaries entering Village Bay Lakes. DFO has had many variations of fish fences for the purpose of obtaining an accurate count. QISES members Larry Hafemeister & Lauren Miller began to look into alternate systems for counting the salmon without restricting their upstream migration. The location has some challenges – water access only with no power connection, no cell service, and not much sun. QISES member Doug Biro contributed his technological brilliance to an off-grid, generator powered system. Doug Richardson led the significant project of building a power/camera shed and access dock.
Coho fry observation
Many adult coho enter the Village Bay Lake system via Village Bay Creek, but where do they go? Coho spawn in several tributary creeks. At this point QISES members do not conduct weekly stream walks during spawning season – please get in touch if you are interested in doing so! We would like to with more volunteers. We do however sometimes schedule delightful spring boat trips to observe fry.
Village Bay Lakes Data monitoring
QISES has been monitoring temperature and dissolved oxygen for several years now, and at times cooperating with other research or data-gathering projects. Please contact us if you would like to volunteer with data gathering on the Lakes and/or collaborate on a research project.
In May of 2012 many observers noticed unusual amounts of algae blooms in Village Bay Lakes. VBL resident and QISES director Lauren Miller contacted other long-term lake residents, BC Parks, watershed monitoring organizations, and Cortes watershed scientists and stewards (as Cortes Island was also experiencing significant algae blooms in Hague and Gunflint Lakes). QISES partnered with Friends of Cortes Island to host a Lakekeepers course. The course was ultimately hosted on Cortes, where a large contingent of lakeside residents formed an enthusiastic group. QISES is hoping to host another Lakekeepers course in 2024 or 2025 – please contact us if you are interested in volunteering and/or attending!
photo: QISES director Lauren Miller collecting temperature and dissolved oxygen data on a rainy day on Main Lake, northern section of Village Bay Lakes, September 2023. Photo by Paul Puddy