Barnes Lake classroom

The Aboriginal Environmental Technician Program uses Barnes Lake and other local waterways as classrooms.

Top

by Marilyn Bueckert

Alan McNeill, of Vancouver Island University, was at Barnes Lake on May 21 with 14 students from the Aboriginal Environmental Technician Program. The course would eventually lead to certification by the B.C. Government to safely sample fish and check the environment. Today they were learning about Electrofishing.

First, minnow traps were set in both Barnes and Willard Lakes but no minnows were found in either of the lakes. They then moved to a nearby stream and used an electrofisher (run by batteries) to temporarily stun the fish, who were then caught in a scoop net or a pole seine. When they were placed into a bucket, they were measured and checked before being released back into the stream.

Safety was paramount and all the students had to wear electrical linesmen gloves and rubber waders so they were not shocked. Those without protection had to maintain a distance of five feet from the stream.

Some of the trout were up to 36 cm in length. One of the students reported that a lot of the fish were spawning. Knowing that now, the instructor would not do a lot of sampling due to the spawning but the creek served well to demonstrate the effectiveness of the electronic gear.

Further down the Thompson, northern squawfish were caught, along with a redside shiner and a sucker.

One of the young students will be working up at Highland Valley checking on the fish there. Many of the others are hoping to find work in BC in this new profession.

Marilyn Bueckert

Just Posted

Cache Creek council votes to rejoin local transit system

Details need to be worked out, but hopes are that change can be expedited

Ashcroft residents get information at Community Forum

Water treatment plant, recycling, an Eco-Depot, the budget, and more among items addressed

Elizabeth May’s wedding will be a ‘low-carbon affair’ in Victoria on Earth Day

Green party leader’s wedding party to depart in a cavalcade of electric cars

Gas prices spike in northern B.C. ahead of the long weekend

Fuel went up 17 cents overnight in Prince Rupert

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Notre Dame rector: “Computer glitch” possible fire culprit

The fire burned through the lattice of oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling

Should B.C. lower speed limits on side roads to 30 km/h?

Vancouver city councillor wants to decrease speed limits along neighbourhood side roads

Lawsuit eyed over union-only raise for B.C. community care workers

‘Low-wage redress’ leaves 17,000 employees out, employers say

Landlord of alleged Okanagan shooter recounts deadly day

Tony Friesen was working in one of the units of his Penticton building when he heard shots

Foreign national arrested in connection to thefts at YVR

A woman, 60, is being held in police custody as Richmond RCMP investigate

Most Read