With a degree in Natural Resource Technology, previous work at the fish hatchery in Courtenay and experience as an Aboriginal Fishery Guardian with the At’leday Fisheries Commission in Campbell River, Cory is well-qualified for the job.
“We’ve mapped out every piece of every creek and stream in the watershed to figure out what fish are in there, how many there are, and where they travel,” said Cory Frank of the K’omoks First Nation. “I’m finally getting a chance to use the skills I learned at school.”
When he’s not counting fish and looking after fish habitat, Cory runs the Koho Catering Company. Based in Comox, Koho Catering specializes in Aboriginal food like shell-fish, smoked fish, and wild plants and provides non-Aboriginal fare for small and large groups. And if that’s not enough, Cory also works for the Comox Valley’s Project Watershed, studying the fish coming out of Comox Lake.
Cory’s work for the Raven Project includes recording water temperatures, tracking fish spawning activities, recording stream levels, and collecting fish, bird, plant, water quality and geology data for the baseline environmental studies that are underway.
“This is the kind of work that needs to be done on a project like this,” he said. “It’s nice to work with the environmental team and know the people who are there really care about their work and the environment.”