Mentoring

Learning how to care for fisheries streams

Click on the above link for a video showing the students learning how to assess streams in our local community. Our efforts started with learning about how to care for a local stream, then moved on to planting trees and shrubs, and now a Grade 7 class has worked to do weeding. Our summer students have assisted students to understand fry salvage.

One of our current projects involves mentoring youth in fisheries. We were very fortunate to receive funding from the Vancouver Foundation to commence this important work.

Last year, we worked with the VAST Alternate Program. Mentors came from all walks of life – Huu-ay-aht and Hupacasath elders, sports fishermen, fisheries managers, biologists and others joined students as they learned about salmon life cycles, habitat requirements, and how to share a limited resource. Students enjoyed the program and after one intense activity regarding water use, one student exclaimed ” We all have to care about each this resource!”

We also partnered with Uu-a-thluk to provide room for the fisheries training program offered to the Nuu-chah-nulth communities.

Next year the program will expand to include students at the local high school. Upcoming activities for the group include a proposed beach seine, Fisheries coursework, and workshops with mentors presenting on a variety of topics.

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