All about “FISHN” updated information from FMZ’s 12,15, 18 and 20
Aurora Trout a great research program by Dr Chris Wilson, MNRF research scientist. The program may be in difficulty of continuing due to provincial cut backs. You can find the complete story here.
MNRF has published notice of its Broad scale Monitoring (BsM) program for 2019.The program is designed to monitor the current and changing state of our fisheries.
From approximately June 17 until September 20 , MNRF science crews will be out monitoring approximately 30 lakes in FMZ’s 12, 15, 16 , 17 and 18. All nets are clearly marked by bright orange buoy markers.
You may encounter some posters like this.
To Lake Residents, Campers and Visitors The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is responsible for monitoring the abundance and health of fish populations in the lakes and rivers across Ontario. MNRF science crews will collect information on fish species, take water samples, and check for invasive species in this lake and approximately 145 other lakes from June to September. If you are on this lake while it is being monitored and see MNRF buoys, please don’t lift the nets or buoys, and avoid recreational activities or anchoring between and around the buoys. All MNRF nets are clearly marked with orange buoys bearing the Ontario logo. Nets are checked and moved to a new location every day. Biological data are collected by our science crews and provide MNRF biologists with valuable information about abundance, age structure, mortality, and maturity of the types of fish in the lake. This information is used to evaluate the health of fish populations in the lake and make management decisions. The number of fish caught and sampled represents a very small percentage of the total population in the lake. As resource managers responsible for the sustainability of these populations, we are sensitive to the number of fish collected, but strongly believe this information is necessary to responsibly manage this resource. It is important for your safety and for the integrity of our data that these nets are not disturbed. If you have any questions or concerns about our monitoring program, contact Steve Vandermeer at 705-934-0594 (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more on Ontario’s aquatic resources, check out ontario.ca/fishing for angling opportunities and monitoring techniques.
More information on the BsM program is located HERE