Spatial and long-term trends in persistent organic contaminants and metals in fish from the Northwest Territories

Regions: Sahtu Settlement Area, Dehcho Region, South Slave Region

Tags: contaminants, fisheries assessment, fish health

Principal Investigator: Evans, Marlene (38)
Licence Number: 14610
Organization: Environment Canada
Licenced Year(s): 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
Issued: Sep 01, 2009
Project Team: Derek Muir (Environment Canada), Jonathan Keating (Environment Canada), Tom Unka (Fort Resolution), Sonya Almond (Lutsel K'e), Richard Kochon (Colville Lake), Loyale Letcher (Fort Simpson), Shawn Buckley (Hay River), Edward Reeves (Deline)

Objective(s): This study is designed to find out whether contaminant levels are changing in fish in the Northwest Territories.

Project Description: This study is designed to find out whether contaminant levels are changing in fish in the Northwest Territories. We hope to collect lake trout from Great Slave Lake (Lutsel K'e and Hay River), Cli Lake, Great Bear Lake, and Colville Lake, burbot from Great Slave Lake (Fort Resolution and Lutsel K'e), northern pike from Great Slave Lake (Fort Resolution), and cisco from Great Bear Lake.

Community members (chosen by the local RRC) will be hired to collect fish for this study. Communities will be kept informed of the progress of the study. The researcher may visit the communities to discuss the study and present results from previous years.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from September 1st, 2009 to December 31, 2009.