World Oceans Day is June 8th

Oceans of Wisdom is a multimedia performance and art exhibition produced by a collaborative creative team led by Sussan Thomson and Wendy Pope. Poets, artists, musicians, dancers and other performers come together to celebrate World Oceans Day: June 8th, 2018.

Baynes Sound/Lambert Channel Marine Ecosystem Forum: May 22-23, 2018

Islands Trust and World Wildlife Fund together have organized the Baynes Sound/Lambert Channel Marine Ecosystem Forum.

ADIMS will join over 40 participants gathering at the Kingfisher Inn, in Royston BC, for two days of intensive discussion and problem-solving, May 22nd and 23rd.

Participants include representatives from federal, provincial, and municipal governments, from First Nations including the K'omoks First Nation, from the BC Shellfish Growers Association, and from eco-NGOs including West Coast Environmental Law.

Over the two days, participants will identify challenges confronting the marine ecosystems of Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel, and work toward shared actions that will improve the marine environment.

The aims of the forum are:

  • to create an opportunity for collaborative dialogue among the diverse interests in Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel
  • to share knowledge and experience that can inform solutions
  • to identify collaborative actions to support the health of Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel

Earth Day 2018: Beach Cleanup April 21

ADIMS Spring Cleaning beach cleanup will be
Saturday April 21, 2018

Let’s make a clean sweep of our beaches to honour Earth Day the following day (April 22nd).

A lot of plastic debris washed ashore this winter. We’ve come to expect a ‘usual’ amount – an extremely regrettable state – and what’s lying around out there right now is more than usual.  To deal with the volume, we’ve decided on a spring cleanup in addition to our annual cleanup in September.

We’re asking you, or maybe you and a neighbour or two, to clean a nearby beach. Gathering up plastic materials is especially important. By getting those plastic things off the beach, we can prevent them from degrading in the sun and salt water, and adding to the microplastics pollution load in our oceans.

Drop off collected beach debris at the Old School Centre
between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm.

As we do in the cleanup every fall, ADIMS volunteers will sort and recycle everything collected.

  • Ocean Legacy will help us out with recycling the plastic debris through their Plastics to Fuel program.
  • Reusable aquaculture equipment will be recycled with assistance from the BC Shellfish Growers Association (BCSGA).
More info:

The official theme for Earth Day 2018 is End Plastic Pollution.
Check out the campaign:

When plastics degrade they release toxins that persist in our environment

Spring Cleaning!

Why wait for the fall? The sheer tonnage of debris we collect from our beaches every year has got us thinking about a semi-annual cleanup. We're organizing a cleanup in April: details coming soon.

Herring Bulletin 2: March 9, 2018

Mike Morrell gives an update
on this year's herring run

DFO HERRING BULLETIN 2: Thursday March 8, 2018

This report by Mike Morrell was originally posted
on the Denman Conservancy Association's Facebook page on March 9


Late this afternoon, Thursday 8 March, a large spawn began all around Chrome Island off Boyle Point. The seine fleet converged on the area (along with large numbers of gulls and sea lions) and finally began to land some fish. The spawn propagated along the west side of Denman ["east" in original post--MM] to Repulse Point and along the Vancouver Island side at least to Deep Bay. By dark the main mass of fish appeared to be concentrated north of Repulse in the vicinity of the Hinton Rd access, with the seine fleet fishing just offshore.

DFO's Wednesday spawn flight reported a heavy spawn to the north of us, from Cape Lazo to Little River (Powell River ferry terminal). These fish are likely the mass of mature fish that have been reported for the last week between Komas Bluff and Cape Lazo.

Since my last report Monday 5 March on the large spawn along the east coast of Vancouver Island south of Denman, I've been traveling the Denman and Hornby shorelines, including a boat trip from Ford Cove in south Lambert Channel, Hornby, around the south shore of Hornby to Flora Island off Helliwell Park. There continued to be plenty of indications of fish in the area, as reported by DFO assessments, but little or no new spawning, except for reports I was unable to confirm of small spawns along the N and NE shore of Hornby. DFO was assessing Lambert Channel and Hornby Wednesday, but the results have not been reported online.

The large spawn that began in Qualicum Bay last Friday 2 Mar has continued to propagate south along the coast, reaching nearly to Nanoose Bay by Monday evening. More recent DFO assessment work has located another 8,000 tons of herring south to Nanaimo and Dodd Narrows. DFO conducted an aerial spawn survey Weds 7 Mar, but the results to the south of Nanoose have not yet been reported.

The gillnetters have been fishing south of us since Friday and achieved their quota of 11,177 tons Weds evening, ending the gillnet fishery for this year. The seiners had a short opening Monday afternoon in the Nile Creek area, just north of the gillnet fleet, but they landed only 105 tons and remained far short of their nearly 11,000 ton quota with no further openings until this afternoon.

Mike Morrell for DCA

Herring Bulletin 1: March 5, 2018

Mike Morrell reports on this year's herring run

DFO HERRING BULLETIN: Monday March 5, 2018

This report by Mike Morrell was originally posted
on the Denman Conservancy Association  Facebook page on March 6, 2018.

The most recent sonar estimate for herring in Area 14 (Oyster Bay - Northwest Bay near Nanoose) is 75,000 tons. Of the total, 50k are south of us between Nile Cr and Northwest Bay, and the balance are around Denman and Hornby.

Monday morning, assessment vessels estimated 5,000 tons off NE Denman. A test set found a 10.3% roe yield in a sample of this group, indicating that their eggs are mature and a spawn may occur any time.

Sunday there was a large body of fish estimated at 20,000 tons in the southern part of Lambert Channel; preliminary results of tests of these fish indicated that roe was not yet mature (i.e. spawning some days away). Monday morning's sonar assessments in Baynes Sound found only about 400 tons. Assessments in recent days have estimated around 4,000 tons east and south of Hornby.

The gillnet fishery continued Monday on a large spawn covering most of the Vancouver Island shoreline from Nile Creek to Northwest Bay. As of Monday morning the gillnet catch was estimated at 7,700 tons of the 11,000 ton gillnet quota. One gillnet crewman I spoke with Monday afternoon at French Creek Marina said that his boat had filled their individual quota, and a second crew said they were close.

Monday morning I counted 42 seiners off Nile Creek, about 13km south of Boyle Point. Apparently they were hoping for an opening there, but I continued south and don't know whether they fished. Through Sunday the seines had not filled much of their 10,800 ton quota. They are waiting for the right combination of quantity of fish and roe quality in an area that is fishable with their gear.

Mike Morrell for DCA

Beach Cleanup video

Hope you enjoy our most recent video, created by the talented Sussan Thomson, featuring the 13th annual beach cleanup in September 2017.