In April, we received a copy of a report titled "Nearshore Habitat Utilization by Spawning Lake Char and Rearing Rainbow Trout in Shuswap, Little Shuswap and Mara Lakes" by M.L.Roseneau. This report, commissioned by the Fraser Basin Council, provided a description of the ecology of Rainbow trout and lake char based on information from other lake systems. The report expressed opinions that could be used to justify decisions that may significantly affect waterfront owners. We have now received our report from Triton Environmental Consultants regarding their review of that report. Triton was asked by SWOA to review the report to verify the opinions and recommendations it contained, and in particular to base the review on the empirical data from Shuswap Lake for these species. The Triton report reached some alternative interpretations, and recommendations for further research.
We have had the opportunity to sit down with the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MoFLNRO) and are considering sharing expenses for studies that would be of use to waterfront owners. We will be in touch with the environmental science department at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops to see if we can encourage students to work on studies that would assist in filling gaps in the knowledge of Shuswap Lake fish ecology. These studies regard important issues related to both aquatic and riparian habitats around the lake as recommended in the Triton report. Our goal is to be sure that waterfront owners, as well as the various regulating agencies, have the most up-to-date and Shuswap specific information.
Here are those reports should you wish to view them yourself: