Tuesday, 15 June 2021

June 15 , BC Restart, Travel BC


 June 15 . Travel is permitted throughout BC . 

The BC Restart Plan passed the threshold today for relaxing many Covid safety measures as planned. 

Here is a link to the BC Government press release with a chart for the earliest dates and safety protocols for each step .  The next Step is July 1 , which will include opening up to Canada-wide travel .  


Saturday, 29 May 2021

Covid calendar

  Planning for a fishing trip this summer means anticipating the future of Covid and the BC Provincial Health guidelines.

  Here is a link to the BC Restart Plan .  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restart .  

 I'll dare to summarize it with some highlights, but please take a look yourself .  All the dates stated here are meant to be understood to mean at the earliest, if vaccination rates and lower infection rates improve as expected. 

 Step 1.  May 25 to June 15 .   Announced after the May long weekend.  Many outdoor activities and some indoor activities in small groups are allowed without masks, which aligns with our fishing activities .  However, travel between regions, even within BC, is not allowed . 

 Step 2.  June 15 to July 1 .  Recreational travel within BC allowed. 

 Step 3. July 1 to Sept 7 .  Canada wide travel . 

 Step 4 .  After Sept 7 .  Near normal .  

  Note that there is no mention of when international borders might open .  Also, there is no mention of  the possibility of lower restrictions for those people who are vaccinated. 

 Also, FYI, I have had my first vaccination May 1, four weeks ago, which gives a great degree of protection to you, and to me . And the anticipated date for my second vaccination is July 1. 



Friday, 28 May 2021

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Project Bottleneck

I volunteered to get involved with Project Bottleneck , " micro-trolling" , to tag, sample, and release young chinooks in their first year in the ocean .

 This is a project of the Pacific Salmon Foundation , carried out by non-profits such as, in this case , the BC Conservation Foundation.   I started in October, with Jeff and then with Aaron.  

 We're using gear that looks like regular salmon gear in miniature.  A little Dick-Nite spoon behind a little flasher .  The target fish bite it, but also sometimes larger salmon, and sometimes as many herring as salmon .  

 The salmon go into a tank with some anesthetic to calm them down before we take a tissue sample and insert a PIT tag .   

 Here's a herring . 

 There were quite a few humpback whales around still in October . 

Some sea-lions checked us out thoroughly one October day . 


Monday, 19 October 2020

That was a Covid summer

  That was an odd summer.  Thank You to everyone who came to enjoy everything that was wonderful this past summer.  I didn't post so many photos.  For the ones I did, few show masks, which makes it look like everything is normal, but you know that everyone who got in my boat was part of their own family, or small socially isolated circle.  

  Things get better from here. I look forward to hearing from you. 

 Cheers ! - Rick