Last of our outdoor field work as we move into colder weather. We went out to Prairie Point marsh with Wikwemikong high school and engaged the students in land based learning by planting 50 white pine and 50 white spruce along the marshland to help with restoring these tree species along the wetland and with improving the floodplain.
Last of our electrofishing surveys was completed on Kaboni Creek in Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory. We had Pontiac School and Wikwemkoong High school students come out to learn about what electrofishing is and how we use it to conduct assessments on the health of the fishery. Some of the high school students helped with measuring the fish.
Results were as follows:
Rainbow Trout (13) ranging from 70-155mm
Coho salmon (2) ranging from 635-710mm
Creek chub (91) ranging from 28-90mm
Central Mudminnow (3) ranging from 50-60mm
Brook Stickleback (3) ranging from 40-54mm
Mottled Sculpin (11) ranging from 30-90mm
White sucker (1) 79mm
Darter (1) 56mm
We returned this fall to see how the fishery is doing by electrofishing 1 transect and it has become an amazing nursery for spawning salmonids!
Rainbow Trout (591) ranging between 46-120 mm
Brook Trout (35) ranging from 65-175 mm
Mottled Sculpin (78) ranging from 32-105 mm
Manitoulin Streams worked with landowner Clayton Smith to restore and enhance the fishery along Shrigley Creek in 2019. At that time we gathered baseline information with College Boreal using electrofishing and there were only 3 minnow species found throughout the entire reach. After our restoration work and two years later we returned to the site to see how the fishery is doing. Two transects were completed and the results included 28 rainbow trout (82-151mm), 6 Coho (500-660), 3 chub (50-75mm), and 3 Central Mudminnows (60-81mm). Redds were observed and avoided so we are encouraged to see that a lot of recruitment is taking place
Showcasing another site S15 that we revisited on Grimesthorpe Creek to see how the fishery was doing. We restricted livestock along this portion of the creek, planted trees and shrubs and installed a watering ramp back in 2015.
College Boreal conducted an electrofishing survey and found 59 sculpin (good indicators of water quality), 5 creek chub, 2 stickleback, 9 rainbow trout 76-98mm and 12 brook trout 85-143mm in the transect that they completed. Nice to see the vegetation growing now that it is fenced off from livestock
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