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Ongoing Projects

Cheakamus River WUP Juvenile Migration Study.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
(BC Hydro Cheakamus Water Use Plan)
Project Manager: Caroline Melville
Key Staff: LJ Wilson, Cynthia Fell, Heath Zander, Stephanie Lingard, Wylie George, Dustin Billy, Todd Moody
Operation of Rotary Screw Traps. Management and analysis of data, population estimates utilizing SPAS software and Petersen estimates. Hiring and training of crews including Squamish Nation technicians. Site safety management. Writing contract proposals, and budgets. Detailed report production.
2000-ongoing

Cheakamus River WUP Chum Adult Enumeration Study.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
(BC Hydro Cheakamus Water Use Plan)
Project Manager: Don McCubbing
Key Staff: LJ Wilson, Cynthia Fell, Heath Zander, Stephanie Lingard, Todd Moody, Dustin Billy
Assessment of chum adult migration to the Cheakamus Utilizing PIT tagging and radio telemetry. Management and analysis of data. Hiring and training of crews including Squamish Nation technicians. Site safety management. Writing contract proposals, and budgets. Detailed report production.
2007-ongoing

Capilano Watershed Annual Juvenile Salmonid Population Assessment and Smolt Transport Program.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
(Metro Vancouver)
Project Manager: Jason Ladell
Key Staff: Daniel Ramos-Espinoza, Don McCubbing, Todd Moody.
Operation of Rotary Screw Traps and Lake Trap Nets. Management and analysis of data. Ageing and analysis of scale data. Population abundance estimation using Bayesian statistics. Hiring, training and management of crews. Site safety management. Writing contract proposals and managing budgets. Detailed report production.
2008-ongoing

Seymour River Juvenile Salmonid Outmigration Monitoring.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
(Metro Vancouver)
Project Manager: Daniel Ramos-Espinoza
Key Staff: Don McCubbing, Jason Ladell, Todd Moody
Operation of Rotary Screw Trap. Management and analysis of data. Ageing and analysis of scale data. Population Abudance estimation using Bayesian statistics. Site
safety management. Writing contract proposals and managing budgets. Detailed report production.
2008-ongoing

Lower Bridge River Adult Salmon and Steelhead Enumeration.
(St’at’imc Eco-Resources: Bridge-Seton Water Use Plan)
Project Manager: Don McCubbing
Key Staff: Caroline Melville, LJ Wilson and St’at’imc Technicians
Assessment of chinook, coho and steelhead adult migration to the Lower Bridge River utilizing fish counter, stream walk and tagging with radio telemetry. Training of St’at’imc Technicians. Management and analysis of data. Site safety management. Writing contract proposals, and budgets. Detailed report production.
2011-ongoing

Gates Creek Sockeye Juvenile and Adult Enumeration Program.
(N’Quatqua First Nation/Lillooet Tribal Council & Department of Fisheries & Oceans)
Project Manager: Caroline Melville
Key Staff: Stephanie Lingard, and N’Quatqua Technicians
Operation of Rotary Screw Traps and dead pitch to develop population estimates of total sockeye juvenile and adult production from Gates Creek. Monitoring of Gates Creek Spawning channel including enumeration of adults and juveniles utilizing traps, counters and dead pitch techniques. Management and analysis of data, population estimates utilizing BTSPAS software and Petersen estimates. Training of N’Quatqua Technicians. Site safety management. Writing contract proposals, and budgets. Detailed report production.
2012-ongoing

 

Past Projects

Lower Seymour and Capilano River Habitat/Discharge Suitability Index Data.

Cap HSI

(Metro Vancouver)

Project Manager: Daniel Ramos-Espinoza
Key Staff: Don McCubbing, Jason Ladell
Depth, velocity transects to assess how varying discharge rates will affect juvenile salmonid and invertebrate populations. Management and analysis of data. Use of Habitat Suitability Index Models to create flow/habitat relationships. Site safety management. Writing contract proposals and managing budgets. Detailed report production.
2010-2012

 

CN Sodium Hydroxide Spill Fisheries Impact AssessmentOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
(Ministry of Environment)
Project Manager: Don McCubbing
Key Staff: Caroline Melville, Peter Troffe, Heath Zander
Coordinated immediate response to spill and impact study, which involved numerous agencies and volunteer groups. Authored the Assessment of the CN Sodium Hydroxide Spill on Fish Populations of the Cheakamus River.
2005

 

Stave River Risk of Fry Stranding. (BC Hydro Stave River Water Use Plan)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
(BC Hydro Stave River Water Use Plan)
Project Manager: Peter Troffe
Key Staff: Don McCubbing, Jason Ladell
Field surveys of chum salmon fry stranding. Management and analysis of data. Hiring and training of crews for multiple large-scale day/night field surveys. Site safety management. Writing contract proposals and managing budgets. Detailed report production.
2008-2009

 

Stave River Risk of Adult Stranding.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
(BC Hydro Stave River Water Use Plan)
Project Manager: Jason Ladell
Key Staff: Don McCubbing.
Field surveys of adult chum salmon stranding. Management and analysis of data. Development of performance measure be used to identify biologically significant levels of
adult standing. Site safety management. Writing contract proposals and managing budgets. Detailed report production.
2006-2007

 

Current Projects

Instream works with a variety of agencies, stakeholders, academic institutions, and other consulting firms to bring a research focused approach to all our projects. We are currently undertaking a variety of projects that include:

  • Cheakamus River Juvenile Assessment (BC Hydro)
  • Cheakamus River Chum Adult Monitoring (BC Hydro)
  • Cheakamus River Steelhead Adult and Juvenile Assessment (Ecometric/BC Hydro)
  • Cheakamus River Stranding (Squamish NRS)
  • Lower Bridge River Adult Salmon and Steelhead Enumeration (St’át’imc Eco-Resources/BC Hydro)
  • Lower Bridge River Aquatic Monitoring  (St’át’imc Eco-Resources/BC Hydro)
  • Gates Creek Salmon Assessment (LTC/DFO/Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program)
  • Squamish Estuary Study (SRWS/PSF/DFO)
  • Cheakamus River Benthic Monitoring (Limnotek/Resort Municipality of Whistler)
  • Daisy Dam Environmental Monitoring (BC Hydro Engineering)
  • Fitzsimmons Creek Biomonitoring and Habitat Restoration (Resort Municipality of Whistler)
  • Capilano River Juvenile Salmonid Population Assessment and Smolt Transport Program (Metro Vancouver)
  • Capilano Seymour Habitat Assessment and Prescriptions (Metro Vancouver)
  • Seymour River Juvenile Salmonid Population Assessment (Metro Vancouver)
  • Still Creek Habitat Assessment (Metro Vancouver)
  • Stave River Limited Block Loading As Deterrent To Spawning (BC Hydro)
  • Keogh River Fish Fence Population Assessment (Habitat Conservation Trust Fund/MFLNRO)
  • Keogh River Summer Series (Habitat Conservation Trust Fund/MFLNRO)
  • Lemieux River Population Assessment (Fisheries & Oceans Canada)
  • Thompson River Steelhead Assessment (MFLNRO)

→ December 15, 2013

Don McCubbing, M.Sc., R.P.Bio.
Owner and Senior Fisheries Biologist | Vancouver


Caroline Melville
Managing Director | Squamish


Dani Ramos-Espinoza, B.Sc.
Project Manager | Vancouver


Doug Braun, Ph.D.
Project Manager | Vancouver


Joel Harding, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher | Vancouver


LJ Wilson
Operations Manager | Squamish


A
nnika Putt, M.Sc.
Project Biologist | Squamish


Nich Burnett, M.Sc.
Project Biologist | Vancouver


S
tephanie Lingard, B.Sc., R.P.Bio.
Project Biologist | Squamish


Matt Clarke, B.Sc.
Project Biologist | Port Hardy


Cynthia Fell, B.Sc.
Project Biologist | Williams Lake


Mike Chung, B.Sc.
Junior Biologist | Vancouver


Lloyd Burroughs
Senior Technician and Fabricator | Port Hardy