The Herring School:
Bringing Together Culture, Ecology, and Governance to Support Sustainability on BC’s Central Coast
We are researchers from the Simon Fraser University interested in understanding the relationships between herring, nearshore ecosystems and the coastal communities that depend on them. This spring, Anne Salomon, Britt Keeling, Margot Hessing-Lewis and Anna Gerrard (see below) will be conducting several studies in and around Bella Bella to begin to understand the social and ecological causes and consequences of herring declines. We have partnered with the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department (HIRMD) and the Gladstone Reconciliation team in the design of this research.
Specifically, we plan to talk with local people to learn more about where and when herring spawn today and where and when they spawned in the past. We also aim to understand how the number of egg layers and the predators eating roe alter the number of herring eggs that survive and hatch. Finally, we plan to learn more about how the pulse of nutrients that herring bring from the open ocean fuels nearshore kelp forest food webs.
We would like to hear from you! You can find us at Connie’s, or Alvina’s or the HIRMD office. Our research will benefit from your insights and experiences! We welcome your questions and feedback and would like to thank-you for sharing your valuable time, knowledge, and curiosity with us while we join you in your ocean home here in Bella Bella.