WHO WE ARE
Coastal Collaborative Sciences leads and collaborates on stewardship and research projects of importance to communities in the Greater Victoria area, with a focus on aquatic environments.
Through our work, we provide locally relevant environmental benefits and educational opportunities!
OLYMPIA OYSTERS IN THE GORGE WATERWAY
The Olympia oyster is the only native oyster on British Columbia’s coast. These small oysters were an important food source for local First Nations people. Overharvesting and introduction of invasive species have affected the species in many areas. The Gorge Waterway is a unique location where there is a significant, stable population.
PORTAGE INLET CUTTHROAT INITIATIVE
The Portage Inlet Cutthroat Initiative (PICI, pronounced “peachy”) was created with Mick Collins of the Victoria Golden Rods and Reels, Ian Bruce of the Peninsula Streams Society, and Bruce Bevan of Esqumalt Anglers in late 2018, to restore the coastal cutthroat trout of the Portage Inlet watersheds.
PICIs work will help ensure salmonids remain in our urban waterways!
The Herring Watch project has been active since 2013 in response to dwindling numbers of genetically distinct Pacific Herring in the Gorge Waterway. Our team is conducting creel surveys, collaborates with other local organizations to hang spawning curtains, and developing the Herring Watch App. There are even more exciting developments to come!