Where: Mayne Island Conservancy, 455-A Dixon Road, Mayne Island, BC V0N 2J2 Contact: Justine Apostolopoulos, Stewardship Coordinator Contact Email: stewardship@mayneconservancy.ca Contact Phone: (250) 539-2535 Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

Do you have a passion for the ocean and the amazing creatures that live in it? Do you have an interest in citizen science and conservation? Do we ever have a volunteer opportunity for you!

About the Project

We are partnering with the Hakai Institute on the Larval Dungeness Crab Monitoring Project to track Dungeness crab dispersal around BC. Using light traps and a network of community partners we can find answers to important questions about these crabs’ ecology, dispersal and survival that are becoming increasingly important with climate change. 

What’s Involved

The light trap season runs from April 15th – September 1st. During this time volunteers check the light trap in the morning every 2 days – about once a week or two for each volunteer. The process involves removing the trap from the water, counting and releasing juvenile Dungeness crabs and filling out a digital data form. Volunteers receive training on how to safely check the trap and how to identify Dungeness larvae- so don’t worry, you don’t have to be an expert!

The light trap season runs from April 15th – September 1st. During this time volunteers check the light trap in the morning every 2 days – about once a week or two for each volunteer. The process involves removing the trap from the water, counting and releasing juvenile Dungeness crabs and filling out a digital data form. Volunteers receive training on how to safely check the trap and how to identify Dungeness larvae- so don’t worry, you don’t have to be an expert!

Time Commitment

Training: A 1-hour training session prior to participation. 
Trap Checks: Between 30 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on how many crabs are caught. 

Why volunteer with us?

It’s fun! The light traps catch a variety of critters including squid, fish, octopus and more! It’s always exciting to see what gets caught each day.

  • Hands- on volunteer experience and engagement in a large-scale citizen science project contributing to meaningful environmental research.

Contact Justine at stewardship@mayneconservancy.ca or 250-539-2535 for more information and how to sign up!

The Mayne Island Conservancy is one of 37 partner organizations collecting marine data through the Sentinels of Change program run by the Hakai Institute. We’re looking forward to a third successful season of monitoring this 2024. Click here to read more about the project.

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