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