Raincoast Education Society Speaker Series: Part 2 of a 5-part series
FORAGE FISH: THE OCEAN’S SNACK FOOD
with ECCC research scientist Dr. Mark Hipfner
Thursday, January 24th, 7:00 pm
Ecolodge Classroom @ Tofino Botanical Gardens (1084 Pacific Rim Hwy)
$5 at the door – New this year is the Raincoast Speaker Series punchcard! Attend all five talks to be entered in a draw for an amazing prize!
Forage fish – small schooling fish like sand lance, herring, anchovies and pilchard play a critical role in the marine ecosystem, providing a concentrated source of protein and fat for anything and everything in the ocean that can catch them. Dr. Mark Hipfner of Environment Canada’s Wildlife Research Division has devoted much of his career to better understanding how forage fish can be used as indicators of the health and productivity of primary marine predators such as seabirds and salmon. His ongoing collaborations with Moira Galbraith (Lecture 1) have revealed the subtle but profound relationships between plankton, seabirds and salmon, reinforcing the notion that forage fish themselves are merely one link of an intricate system.
Whether your interests lie in landing a tyee, or orca ID (or maybe just plankton taxonomy), as a westcoaster, chances are you are involved and engaged when it comes to marine matters, and here is a chance to get informed too! The Raincoast Education Society is proud to present the 2019 edition of our Raincoast Speaker Series – this year’s theme is “Predator and Prey”. From copepods to killer whales and everything in between, come out and join some of BC’s leading scientists to learn more about the key players in the marine food web, how they interact amongst each other, and what it all means for us. Whether you are keen on learning more about the biology and ecology of the species whose home we share, or looking to get some perspective on the politics of stock assessment (or maybe just brushing up on your plankton taxonomy), this series is guaranteed to please, and we can’t wait to sea you there! New this year is the Raincoast Speaker Series punchcard! Attend all five talks to be entered in a draw for an amazing prize!