Monitoring Forage Fish in the Salish Sea

April 20 | 3:00-4:00pm
Lisa Hillier is a biologist with the Marine Fish Science Unit at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. She helps evaluate forage fish spawning locations throughout the southern Salish Sea and works closely with the Marine Resource Committees around Washington State. She will be presenting on the importance of Forage Fish and how MRC monitoring programs are informing management efforts.
The Whatcom Marine Resources Committee monitors for forage fish at local beaches and sends the data to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Citizen science is an excellent way to help collect data for these important species that serve the basis of the food web for our salmon and orca. In this presentation, Lisa will discuss what forage fish are and why do we care about them, why and how we sample forage fish, and what is the data telling us.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the MRC is hosting presentations and meetings by Zoom.