Fisheries Research Projects in the Gwich'in Settlement Area
Principal Investigator: Walker-Larsen, Jennifer (6)
Licence Number: 13116
Organization: Gwich'in Renewable Resource Board
Licenced Year(s): 2002 2000
Issued: May 23, 2000
Project Team: Allen Firth, Ross Tallman, Tsiigehtchic RRC, Beverly Arey, Sheldon Bernard, Marie-Anik Elie, Bobbi Jo Greenland

Objective(s): Peel River Fish Study: This study attempts to understand the timing of spawning migrations up the Peel River for coney, whitefish, crookedback and herring and to collect baseline information about these spawning populations. Local people with camps along

Project Description: Peel River Fish Study: This study attempts to understand the timing of spawning migrations up the Peel River for coney, whitefish, crookedback and herring and to collect baseline information about these spawning populations. Local people with camps along the river are hired to catch and sample fish. The GRRB and DFO provide training, support and report the results of the work. Data collected is being used to design a monitoring program that can detect changes in local fish stocks. Fish Stock Study at Trout Lake: The Tsiigehtchic Renewable Resource Council would like to determine the potential of Trout Lake to support a sport fishing lodge. The RRC will collect data to provide a preliminary assessment of the fish populations in the lake. Gwich'in Harvest Study: The Harvest Study is required by the Gwich'in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement to help determine the number of animals required to feed all Gwich'in households each year (Gwich'in Minimum Needs Level - GMNL). The GMNL will protect Gwich'in hunting and fishing in the future. This study is conducted in the four communities of the Gwich'in Settlement Area-Aklavik, Fort McPherson, Tsiigehtchic, and Inuvik. Each month community members are interviewed about the number and species of animal harvested, the animal's age and sex, and location of harvest. Harvest data is stored in a GIS system and made available to the GRRB, Renewable Resource Councils, DFO, CFS, and DRWED for management purposes. Gwich'in Environmental Knowledge Project, Phase 3: This project was started in 1995 to collect and record traditional environmental knowledge of Gwich'in elders and use this knowledge to manage renewable resources in the area. This phase will focus on an additional 17 species.