Shorekeepers monitor and steward coastal marine habitats following a protocol developed by The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. This protocol has been adopted by Friends of Semiahmoo Bay at several beaches in Boundary Bay as a citizen science initiative. Data has been gathered for almost a decade on our local beaches by dedicated volunteers.
FoSBS organizes and sponsors Shorekeepers training free of charge in May each year. Various local site surveys occur annually in June and July.
Volunteers are welcome to contact us for further information or to join in the fun! Visit the Shorekeepers page for links and information about this valuable citizen science program.
Come join us to learn about the importance of eelgrass, and get FREE training on how to map Eelgrass!
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Spartina anglica (English cordgrass) is an introduced, aggressive, aquatic grass that invades mudflats, beaches, eelgrass meadows, algae beds and salt marshes.
The plant takes over to form monotypic “Spartina meadows” resulting in loss of important habitat for fish and wildlife. The large root masses of Spartina trap sediment, raising the elevation and thus changing the entire ecosystem. Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society is an active member of the British Columbia Spartina Working Group (BCSWG).