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Title: Amphibians and Fish Within Wetlands of the Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve Region 2012-13

Year: 2014

Author(s): Barbara Beasley

Type: Report (unpublished)

Description:
We gathered information about the distribution of two species of aquatic-breeding amphibians. Red-legged frogs (Rana aurora) and Northwestern Salamanders (Ambystoma gracile) relative to the presence of native species of fish, in particular Coho (Oncorhynchus kisutch), Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki clarki) and Three-spined Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) in natural and restored/created freshwater wetland habitats. The Red-legged Frog and Cutthroad Trout are blue-listed species in British Columbia and the former is also federally listed as a Species of Special Concern. Our ultimate aim is to gather information that will help us learn how to manage and restore wetlands in ways that provide productive habitat for both fish and amphibians. We focused our project at wetlands within and adjacent to the Lost Shoe watershed on the Kennedy Flats near Ucluelet, BC. Many fish streams in the Kennedy Flats damaged by poor logging practices in the past are undergoing restoration. Improving fish access to Swan Lake, a 4-ha wetland that currently has no fish, has been a controversial project because Swan Lake has one of the highest counts of breeding Red-legged Frogs recorded in BC. It has been suggested that restoration of fish access to Swan Lake will cause a reduction in the breeding population of Red-legged Frogs and other amphibian species, but the magnitude of the reduction is unknown. Our objectives were to (1) collect baseline data on the abundance of egg masses and larvae of Red-legged Frogs and Northwestern Ssalamanders at Swan Lake to compare to abundance patterns after fish return in the future, (2) compare the relative abundance of egg masses and larvae of Red-legged Frog and other amphibians in wetlands with and without fish, and (3) document water quality variables that could limit the abundance or duration of fish presence in Swan Lake and other wetlands.

 

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Title: Risk ratings assigned to factors limited Chinook

Year: 2014

Author(s): Conor Mackenzie, Clayoquot Salmon Roundtable

Type: Newspaper Article

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Title: Clayoquot Action - Newsletter

Year: 2014

Author(s): Clayoquot Action

Type: Newsletter

Description:
Vancouver Island's Rainforest; Clayoquot, Sound of Freedom; Research - Mineral Tenures; Action: #OilFreeCoast

 

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Title: Eelgrass monitoring and research in Clayoquot Sound

Year: 2013

Author(s): Josie Osborne; Caron Olive

Type: Report (unpublished)

Description:
Purposes: (1) provide background on the importance of eelgrass ecosystems and why eelgrass is a suitable ecosystem indicator; (2) review and identify key threats to eelgrass ecosystems in Clayoquot Sound through literature search and interviews with local experts and residents; (3) review and provide a synopsis of past and current eelgrass releated reseach and monitoring; (4) make recommendations to complete past projects and for future projects in eelgrass research and monitoring

 

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Title: CO: Bear in Tofino a human problem

Year: 2013

Author(s): Andrew Bailey

Type: Newspaper Article

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Title: Changing Contexts: Environmentalism, Aboriginal Community and Forest Company Joint Ventures, and the Formation of Iisaak

Year: 2013

Author(s): Gabriela Pechlaner; D. B. Tindall

Type: Book Chapter

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Title: Friends of Clayoquot Sound newsletter

Year: 2013

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Type: Newsletter

Description:
Various articles: Fandora gold mine exploration looms, Biofouled tsunami driftage arrives, Tofino Council targets Mineral Tenures Act, Rainbow Warrier Visits Clayoquot, Legacy of Clayoquot 1993: Taking Stock, Easter Festivals 1984 and 2014; Clayoquot Sound endangered species: the Golden Goose?

 

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Title: The persistence and stability of fish assemblages within eelgrass meadows (Zostera marina) on the Pacific coast of Canada

Year: 2013

Author(s): Cliff Robinson, Marine Protected Areas Research Group, UVic; Jennifer Yakimishyn, Pacific Rim National Parks Reserve

Type: Journal Article

Description:
The persistence and stability of fish assemblages found in 34 eelgrass (Zostera marina) meadows along the British Columbia coast was examined from 2004 to 2011. Assemblage persistence (nontrending species composition) and assemblage stability (constancy in abundance over time) were assessed using a time-lag regression method that tests for temporal turnover within short time series. Overall, 85 percent of the fish assemblages persisted, and 80 percent of the assemblages exhibited stability in abundance over the 8-year study. Environmental conditions in 33 of 34 meadows did not change substantially over the 8 years, and the low interannual variability may have contributed to the high persistence and stability of the fish assemblages. The lack of temporal turnover in relatively undisturbed eelgrass fish assemblage properties is a critical element for effective monitoring of coastal ecosystem integrity.

 

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Title: UBC study shows higher than expected plastic pollution levels

Year: 2012

Author(s): Andrew Bailey

Type: Newspaper Article

Description:
Report on birds washed up on west coast beaches.

 

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Title: Locals and visitors encouraged to help with tsunami debris

Year: 2012

Author(s): Andrew Bailey

Type: Newspaper Article

Description:
Ucluelet's plan for dealing with debris from the Japanese tsunami (spring 2012).

 

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Title: Minister en route to discuss tsunami debris

Year: 2012

Author(s): Andrew Bailey

Type: Newspaper Article

Description:
"BC Environment Minister Terry Lake is in Ucluelet this week to discuss Japanese tsunami debris with West Coast officials."

 

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Title: Communication about salmon diseases needed

Year: 2012

Author(s): Uu-a-thluk

Type: Newspaper Article

Description:
"The recent disease outbreak at the Dixon aquaculture site in Clayoquot Sound has highlighted the lack of communication between regulators and First Nations when it comes to salmon diseases."

 

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Title: Barkley salmon working group spawning to Ucluelet

Year: 2012

Author(s): Andrew Bailey

Type: Newspaper Article

Description:
"Efforts towards preserving Barkley Sound's salmon species are heating up following the release of West Coast Aquatic's (WCA) marine coastal strategy."

 

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Title: Salmon disease surveillance program comes to Clayoquot Sound

Year: 2012

Author(s): Uu-a-thluk

Type: Newspaper Article

Description:
"When Nuu-chah-nulth Nations heard about a plan to survey salmon for infectious diseases, many were pleased by the chance to get more information about salmon health in their territories. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and industry, launched the two-year study in March."

 

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Title: Eelgrass and fish assemblage properties as indicators of biotic integrity in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve.

Year: 2012

Author(s): Cliff Robinson; Jennifer Yakimishyn

Type: Report (unpublished)

Description:
The conservation of biological diversity within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve (CSBR) is a key element needed to drive the production of ecosystem services for long-term sustainable use by local communities. The main objective of this study was to develop a simple framework for the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) to assess fish diversity in eelgrass meadows using a multimetric approach. Eelgrass (Zostera marina) was chosen as a focal habitat because it is globally considered to be one of the most ecologically important coastal habitats providing a variety of commercially, recreational and ecologically important fish species with outstanding feeding and growing potential, and shelter from many piscivorous and avian predators. This study evaluated three eelgrass metrics (water column nitrate concentration, leaf area index, and epiphyte load) and 12 metrics describing fish assemblage species composition, assemblage abundance, proportion of indicator species groups (e.g., fishery species), nursery function, and trophic function. The abundance of one resident iconic species, the Bay pipefish, was also considered. Metric values for eelgrass and fish assemblages were determined for 6 meadows sampled by the CBT in 2008 and 2011, and compared to metric values derived for 22 meadows sampled in Clayoquot Sound (CS) by Pacific Rim National Park Reserve from 2004-2012. The framework allows for evaluation of eelgrass and fish assemblage metrics by comparing CBT meadow values to the distribution of natural variability observed in metric values from 114 observations made elsewhere in Clayouqot Sound. If 3of 12 fish metrics (one quarter) for each CBT meadow fell below the 10th percentile of the 114 CS observations then potential impairment in the fish assemblage was considered. Overall, two major conclusions were made from this analysis and can contribute to CBT vital signs monitoring. First as of 2011, the 6 CBT meadows appear healthy because none of the eelgrass metric values were found near the thresholds for potential impairment. Second, five out of six fish assemblages appeared in good condition in 2011, but CBT Meadow Bawden Bay had 3 out of 12 fish metrics fall below threshold values and it should be re-sampled to confirm for potential impairment. Overall, the limited eelgrass sampling by CBT has demonstrated that meadows are healthy and likely functioning within natural variability. Two major recommendations were made: 1) continue to sample the 6 CBT meadows to build a long term understanding of temporal variability in fish diversity, and 2) map eelgrass distribution and continue to sample fish assemblages in CSBR to better describe and understand the spatial variability in meadow structure and function. Overall, the framework presented will aid the CBT in monitoring the vital signs of fish diversity in ecologically important eelgrass ecosystems.

 

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Title: Learning From Our Past

Year: 2011

Author(s):

Type: Brochure

Description:
Agenda from 2011 symposium. Follow-up for the Clayoquot Sound Scientific Panel, 15 years later.

 

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Title: A Guide to Ecological Scorecards

Year: 2011

Author(s): Com. for Enviro. Coop.

Type: Book

Description:
An introduction to the use of marine ecological scorecards and condition reports, which are tools for assessing the condition of marine protected areas in North America.

 

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Title: Summary of the Implementation of Keystone Recommendations of the Clayoquot Sound Scientific Panel

Year: 2011

Author(s): Barbara Beasley

Type: Report (unpublished)

Description:
"In 1995, the government of BC adopted the Clayoquot Sound Scientific Panel's recommendations for sustainable ecosystem management in Clayoquot Sound. The recommendations prescribed a broad range of forest planning and management activities including involvement of community and First Nations, inventory and assessment, establishing a reserve network, variable retention silviculture, logging operations, monitoring and adaptive management, and education and training. Government, and, in turn, industry, were primarily responsible for implementing the recommendations. The purpose of this report is to review the progress of implementation in 2010, fifteen years after adoption."

 

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Title: Wetland surveys for breeding amphibians within the Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve Region 2008-2011.

Year: 2011

Author(s): Barbara A. Beasley

Type: Report (unpublished)

Description:
The goal of this project is to protect the integrity of local wetland ecosystems within the Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve Region over time. These habitats provide a variety of ecological services and support amphibian species listed as being "at risk" within Canada. This project will determine the local status of Red-legged Frogs (Rana aurora) and Western Toads (Bufo boreas) and use fluctuations in their populations, as well as Northwestern Salamanders (Ambystoma gracile), as barometers of the health of our wetland ecosystems. Amphibians are good indicators of ecosystem intergrity becuase they are particularly sensitive to changes in water quality and quantity, and they are an integral part of the food webs within wetlands and surrounding forests. Habitat destruction, highway traffic, pollution, introduced Bullfrogs, and disease may reduce amphians populations. Sharing information on how these threats influence the status of local populations will help promote stewardship of wetland ecosystems in the region. The project objectives area: 1. To survey freshwater wetlands and monitor the breeding populations of two species at risk, the Red-legged Frog, the Western Toad, and a third species, the Northwestern Salamander, in and around Ucluelet, Tofino, and the Long Beach Unit of Pacific Rim National Park Resrve (PRNPR). 2. To describe vegetation, hydrology and surrounding conditions, of the wetlands. 3. To do surveillance for introduced Bullfrogs. 4. To provide opportunities for local youth and adults to learn skills involved in surveying amphibians and doing Bullfrog surveillance at wetlands. 5. To share information with local planners, government agencies, community leaders, landowners, and the general public in an effort to help maintain the ecological value of local wetlands, and the species at risk they support. ...

 

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Title: Mapping Our Shared Environment

Year: 2010

Author(s): Com. for Enviro. Coop.

Type: Book

Description:
A selection of maps that illustrate harmonized geographic information from Canada, US, and Mexico.

 

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Title: Writers Atwood, Gibson Help Raise Carnivore Awareness

Year: 2010

Author(s): Parks Canada

Type: Newspaper Article

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Title: Making monitoring manageable: a framework to guide learning

Year: 2009

Author(s): Karen Price; David Daust

Type: Journal Article

Description:
Resource managers, planners, and the public are unified in their calls for monitoring of land-use plans. Unfortunately, many monitoring initiatives fall short of their potential for several reasons: indicators are not explicitly links to objectives, hindering feedback to planning; knowledge if not represented in a manner that facilitates learning; and monitoring priorities are driven subjectively. We describe a framework that links indicators to existing objectives, presenting knowledge as hypotheses about the probability of achieving an objective as a function of various indicator levels. Uncertainty is explicitly included in the models. The framework can be used for management decision support and to prioritize objectives for implementation, effectiveness, and validation monitoring and research. Monitoring priority is determined first by probability of success and uncertainty and then by the importance of an objective. We present a case study for the Babine Watershed, an area in the interior of British Columbia with high resource values and decades of controversy and ineffective monitoring. The framework sifted through existing objectives to focus effort on those most critical to monitor. By concentrating on publicly derived, regionally applicable objectives and strategies taken from existing land-use plans, the framework provided relevant results and enabled rapid feedback.

 

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Title: The Rise and Fall of a Model Forest

Year: 2009

Author(s): Emily Jane Davis

Type: Journal Article

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Title: Clayoquot Sound Scientific Panel Recommendations

Year: 2007

Author(s): Don McMillan, Clayoquot Forest Management; Warren Warttig

Type: Report (unpublished)

Description:
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Title: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

Year: 2006

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Type: Book

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From front cover:"An international journal devoted to progress in the use of monitoring data in assessing environmental risks to Man and the environment."