The Bowen Island Fish and Wildlife Club might be able to help bring back the herring and therefore the dolphins to Howe Sound.
As noted in last week's story, Dr. John Matsen and the Squamish Streamkeepers have been working, successfully, at cleaning up pilings and other areas so that herring eggs might again hatch. The herring population's increase, some biologist feel, may be responsible for the increase in dolphin activity
Fish and Wildlife Club Director Bill Newport says that "with help fromSquamish, we're hoping to entice the herring back into the Cove because years ago there was lots of them there. It won't cost us a lot and so far, we have many interested people who will donate to the cost."
Newport said that it's a scaled down version of what the Streamkeepers did in Squamish. "The best spot is Norma Dallas' float and the municipal docks right there. We'll be utilizing landscaping cloth on the piers and pilings and on Norma's floats to prevent the herring eggs from coming in contact with the creosote, which kills the eggs."
Dr. Matsen's talk is May 26 at Collins Hall from 7 to 9 p.m.
Those attending are asked to bring a donation to the food bank. Call 2215.