Be aware what is happening on our beaches

Our beaches in BC are full of life, and new life. A little known fact is that dozens of species spawn on our beaches, some all year, some in seasons. When you see a lot of seagulls, diving and feeding, something is happening. Stop an see the beginning of new life cycles.

   Later this season I will take pictures and try to describe the spawning and frantic feeding activity on Davies Bay beach.  As far as I remember, some spawn at the full moon and high tides in August, and a few dedicated fishermen are out there with gear catching them for food.

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/pugetsound/species/smelt.html

http://www.racerocks.ca/metchosinmarine/foragefish/foragefish.htm  Beach spawners

http://icb.oxfordjournals.org/content/41/3/526.full  Article on beach spawning fishes 

http://westvanshoreline.ca/history/index. West Vancouver Shoreline Conservation Society

http://www.shim.bc.ca/species/smelt.htm  Surf smelt info 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wreck_Beach  Smelt spawn on popular nude beach

http://books.google.ca/books?id=zHFKeC–U9cC&pg=PA173&lpg=PA173&dq=smelt+spawning+on+bc+beaches&source=bl&ots=T_x-3p6qU2&sig=1DfXZeNTBtA9bWcp-cyOylTEiao&hl=en&ei=u3fdTt28KO_XiAKEmumABA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CFsQ6AEwCTgK#v=onepage&q&f=false

A list of all species etc.

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