Broad whitefish population study and traditional knowledge

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area

Tags: biology, fish, traditional knowledge, fish population, whitefish, fish migration, fish mortality, fish characteristics

Principal Investigator: Tallman, Ross F (5)
Licence Number: 12484
Organization: Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Licenced Year(s): 1993 1992
Issued: Jan 01, 1993
Project Team: J. Reist, J. Babaluk, D. Chudobiak, T. Dick, F. Saurette, K. Howland

Objective(s): To determine a suite of traits that will differentiate fish stocks that enter into the broad whitefish (Coregonus nasus) fishery in the Mackenzie Delta; to determine inter-population variability in traits such as growth, fecundity, age at maturity and mortality; to develop a study of the traditional knowledge of broad whitefish and fishing in the Mackenzie River.

Project Description: The researchers will work with other scientists to examine the broad whitefish of the Mackenzie River and associated tributaries of the Arctic Red and Peel Rivers. Features such as population size, migration, growth, age of sexual maturity and mortality will be examined. A study of the traditional knowledge of broad whitefish and fishing in the Mackenzie River will also be developed. Training in data collection will be provided to interested local people.