Wild Atlantic salmon have always been very important to our communities. The Fish Friends program allows us to engage our youth and to raise awareness of the salmon in our region. Over the past week, GMRC staff have been busy preparing the tanks and making arrangements with the Charlo Salmonid Enhancement Centre to secure salmon eggs for our classrooms.
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by Carol-Anne Gillis, Biologist
Between 2011 and 2013, the RRWMC, in collaboration with PhD Student Stephen Dugdale, acquired high-resolution optical and thermal images on 862km of river yielding a database of 1825 classified thermal refuges throughout the watershed.
We now want to start prioritizing these critical habitats for Atlantic salmon that can be enhanced and protected in the face of climate change and warming water temperatures.
by Denny Isaac, Aquatic Research Director
Our fieldwork season is nearing its end!
Jessica and Craig have been working steadily with GMRC biologist Carole-Anne in capturing American eel for our most recent Species at Risk study involving American eel.
by Sailor Jacques
On July 5, the GMRC gave a presentation to the youth center Summer Camp to introduce the GMRC and talked about some of our work. The day began at the Listuguj youth center where Denny, Aquatic Research Director, gave a presentation about GMRC and its work.
After the presentation the summer camp walked from the youth center to the GMRC offices where they were shown traditional ways (spears) and modern ways (fyke nets) to catch eels.
The Gespe'gewaq Mi'gmaq Resource Council held their annual salmon feast at the Aborginal Heritage Gardens in Eel River Bar on June 21, 2016. This was the first year that the feast was held somewhere other than the GMRC offices in Listuguj. With all the help from volunteers and the generous donations of the salmon fishermen, this year's feast was one of the best.
June 29, 2016
by Jessica Gideon, Aquatic Research Technician
With our Fish Friends program just wrapping up this past week in the schools of Alaqsite’w Gitpu, L.E.Reinsborough, and Terry Fox Elementary, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the work that was put into making the program such a success.
GMRC will be implementing a striped bass monitoring program at the start of the salmon fishing season and will run throughout the fall. The goals of the program are to provide an indication of their presence in the Restigouche River estuary and also in Eel River Bar waters.
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by Jessica Gedeon, Aquatic Research Technician
Over the course of the summer, you may have heard about the GMRC American Eel Project we had begun to better understand the movement of the American eel within the Restigouche River estuary and to identify its critical habitat. Wrapping up this year’s fieldwork, Carole-Anne and I spent a few days in the GMRC lab finishing up the prey sample preparations to be sent off to the UNB SINLab for stable isotopic analysis.