One aspect of our adventure was taking algae samples along our route. Ideally we would document and update our activities on this blog, but real-time updates were not an option. After the fact though, here are some photos and descriptions. Thank you to Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, for connecting us with Nicky Haigh and theHarmful Algae Monitoring Program at Vancouver Island University. Tracy managed to take over a dozen algae samples in our 840 miles of paddling, and I documented a few on film. Tracy diligently sampled and labeled the small blooms we encountered. We were both pleased that our algae encounters were rare as well as few and far between.
Tracy Landboe is a high school science teacher and competitive paddler and Traci C is an avid paddler and adventurer. These two friends decided to paddle the inside passage over the summer of 2012 and collect algae bloom samples along the way.