Citizen scientists needed for forage fish surveys

  • Thu Oct 17th, 2019 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans

Friends of the San Juans is seeking citizen scientists to help conduct beach surveys for spawning forage fish over the next two years. There will be a survey training session on Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. with researchers from Friends of the San Juans and Salish Sea Biological at the Old Town of Friday Harbor Fire Station, 260 West Street.

“Forage fish play a key role in marine food webs, supporting salmon, seabirds and marine mammals. However, additional information is needed on spawning habitats to improve the success of local salmon recovery efforts. We look forward to working with community volunteers to conduct this important survey work,” said Tina Whitman, science director at Friends of the San Juans.

The training will begin inside and move to Jackson Beach for the field portion of the training. Transportation will be provided to and from Friday Harbor. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register go to or contact Tina Whitman at or 360-378-2319.

This free training workshop is hosted by Friends of the San Juans and the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee. Funding is provided by the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.