Fish Population Monitoring
In 1994 when the initial habitat assessment was carried out, fish population monitoring was part of that report. Since then the KWRC has continued to keep track of fish populations in the area and created a no kill zone that runs from Portage Vale to McAuley Station. In the summer of 2008 and 2009 electrofishing was carried out in key areas of the watershed to re-assess fish numbers, size, and species.
An effort from 2009-2011 also assessed the health of slimy sculpin in strategic locations. This project was part of a masters thesis where it is hoped that the slimy sculpin can be used to model riparian health and status through a relational value. Students from the Canadian Rivers Institute are conducting this study and results should be available in 2012.
HOW CAN YOU HELP
If you're an angler who frequents the Kennebecasis you can help by reporting your catch. We have an on-line creel census you can fill out. We use this information to estimate angling effort, catch rates, and population health for various species. This information helps us when we discuss management strategies with the Department of Natural Resources or Fisheries and Oceans.