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NWCC students looking for invasive invertebrates

Student Michael Stanbridge with NWCC instructor extracting a- settlement plate from its holder at the Atlin dock. Courtesy of NWCC.

Student Michael Stanbridge with NWCC instructor extracting a- settlement plate from its holder at the Atlin dock. Courtesy of NWCC.

Northwest Community College students are working with scientists to monitor north coast waters for invasive species.

The scientists are from the Smithsonian Research Centre, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

They’ll be working with NWCC Applied Coast Ecology students to examine PVC panels that were placed a metre below the water off floating docks from the Prince Rupert Industrial Park to Port Edward.

The plates will be examined to identify and count each species.

They’ll be taking samples of all of the marine invertebrates for examination and DNA analysis.

The project will establish a baseline so scientist can mark future changes.

But they will also look for invasive species that came over from ship ballast water, a

ttached to hulls of ships, or ocean debris from disasters like the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.

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