Bay Pipefish

Weekly Sea Discovery: Bay Pipefish and Eelgrass Beds As you walk through or snorkel around the eelgrass beds of Mayne Island, you may not see the excellently camouflaged bay pipefish. Found swaying amongst the eelgrass, bay pipefish look almost identical to the plant’s blades. Eelgrass beds and other seaweed patches Read more…

Pacific Hake

Weekly Sea Discovery: Pacific Hake are an Integral Part of B.C.’s Marine Ecosystem This week we’re featuring a fish that has both economic and ecological importance to the BC coast and marine ecosystem. Pacific hake is the most abundant groundfish in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystems (including the Salish Read more…

Whelks of Mayne Island

Weekly Sea Discovery: Whelks! We’re feeling extra whelky here today at the Mayne Island Conservancy, so we’re featuring two different whelks: the Dire Whelk and the Frilled Dogwinkle! You can find these predatory marine snails in the intertidal surrounding Mayne Island by turning over rocks or sorting through seaweed at low tide. These intertidal snails can get up to 5 cm long, but they Read more…

Pacific Sand Lance

Today’s Weekly Sea Discovery: the Pacific Sand Lance! Pacific Sand Lance are members of the extremely important food web group known as “Forage Fish”.  You may recognize this term from recent news about another member of this group, the Pacific Herring, which has faced over-exploitation along the coast of British Columbia. Forage fish are important link in the food Read more…

How are Harbour Seals Affecting Local Fish Populations?

Harbour seals have become quite a controversial creature along the Pacific Northwest, as many people have put the blame of our plummeting fishing stocks on these efficient predators. When Harbour Seal culling and hunting ended in the 1970s, populations exponentially increased but currently have remained unchanged since the mid 90s in the Strait of Georgia.While the seal populations stabilized, salmon populations in the Strait have continued to decline since the 1970s. The Read more…