MacKenzie Bight Lingcod Nest Census

MacKenzie Bight Lingcod Nest Census Overview

The MacKenzie Bight Lingcod Nest Census is an all volunteer research project located in the Greater Victoria area on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The project was intiated in 2003. It does not depend on any external funding source and has no planned completion date.

The MacKenzie Bight Lingcod Nest Census Area (MBLNCA) is located in Gowlland Tod Park along the western shore of Squally Reach, approximately 32 km (20 mi) northwest of Victoria BC. The Squally Reach is on the southern end of the Saanich Inlet. The 1,219 ha (3,100 ac) Gowlland Tod Park protects a significant areas of the last remaining natural areas in Greater Victoria including large areas of natural shorelines. It encompasses nearly the entire east side of Saanich Inlet, stretching from Goldstream to Brentwood Bay. The Census Area is 600 m (656 yards) long and encompasses approximately ?? ha ( ? ac) of nearshore bottomlands.

The habitat within the Census Area consists of ????? with bedrock outcrops. Lingcod nests have been found at ?? sites within the Census Area and these sites are resurveyed each year.

The procedures used in the study have evolved over time as experience was gained with the surveying process and technologies changed. None of the changes affected the types of data being collected. The information provided here reflects the current procedures being used. Unique aspects of the subject study are the sustained time period involved and the artificial habitat in which the lingcod spawn. The method used in the study was patterned after surveys by the Vancouver Aquarium in Howe Sound, B.C. Canada (Martell, 1997) and have been adapted for use in this study. (Martell, S. J. D. 1997. Reproductive outputs and demographics of lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) in Howe Sound. Unpublished thesis, Univ. B. C.)

Acknowledgments
The census would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of the volunteer dive team. Over the years financial and in-kind support has been provided by the volunteers, ?????, and the ?????. Thanks are due to all of the above.  

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