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Howe Sound Dolphins Are Back | Animals
Current Events Lions Bay and Area Howe Sound Dolphins Are Back

Press Release-Howe Sound Dolphins Are Back

Could Lion’s Bay soon be called “The Dolphin Capitol of Canada?” For two years in a row residents of this small community just north of Vancouver have been amazed by schools of hundreds of white sided dolphins frolicking in front of their ocean front properties. Skiers returning from Whistler have pulled off to the side of Highway 99 to watch the spectacle. Where did these dolphins come from so suddenly and why are they here now when nobody can recall seeing dolphins here in the past?

On Sunday, March 13 the answer to those questions will be given at the Lion’s Bay Community Hall through a free colourful slide show presentation that will show that the Howe Sound herring run is back!

In the 1960’s up to 2000 tons of herring spawned in the shelter of the Squamish boat harbour and this mass of herring in turn fed the fishes, birds, sea mammals and humans of Howe Sound. Industrial development of their spawning area from the 1960’s into the 1970’s caused a collapse of this herring run followed soon after by collapse of the animals that depended on them for food.

In 2006 the Squamish Streamkeepers stumbled onto a remnant of this once mighty herring run that had been spawning around the Squamish Terminals docks. A few spawned successfully on bladder wrack, but the majority of eggs were laid on dock pilings that killed their eggs. The Streamkeepers experimented with various wrappings of these dangerous pilings and the hundreds of dolphins are proof that the herring are indeed back. The Streamkeepers are still expanding their work and expect the herring runs to increase in size much more in the near future but there are still obstacles to their full recovery.

The Squamish Streamkeepers are a curious group and have found other parts of Georgia Strait, Puget Sound and Johnstone Strait that have experienced similar declines in herring stocks that together account for some of dramatic declines seen in local salmon stocks over the last 40 years. Their spectacular slide show will take you above and below Howe Sound and throughout Georgia Strait to show how helping the herring runs could play a key role in bringing back the salmon stocks of Howe Sound and Georgia Strait. Just ask the dolphins!

Place-Lion’s Bay Community Hall - 400 Center Road, Lion’s Bay (above highway 99)

Time-Sunday, March 13, 7pm

Fee-By Donation

Contact-Jonn Matsen, 604-839-9056 home, 604-986-7774 work.

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