SWOA has initiated a research project to collect Shuswap Lake specific information on the effects of docks on fish and fish habitat on both natural and modified beaches around the lake. We are working with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) to have researchers in the field staring in May and working through to October. This year would be year one of a two year research program.
The goal is to provide hard science to regulatory bodies regarding the action of docks on fish, in order that the decisions made regarding size and location of docks or beach modifications are made with Shuswap science to back them up.
You can help as we need research sites in various areas of the lake including both sides of the main arm from the Narrows to Little River near Sorrento, and the north side of the Salmon Arm along Sunnybrae Road. The researchers would visit the selected sites approximately once every three weeks, for a period of about 3 hours during each visit, to make observations of fish and fish habitat use. These visits would be scheduled during the week (Monday to Friday) from mid May until early October. Thus each site will be visited about nine times. Access to the sites would be by small boat and the work would involve the capture and identification of juvenile fish along the foreshore using standard techniques. Captured fish would be returned to the lake once the identification process is complete. (Sign up here)
Over the past few years we, SWOA, have argued and complained to the regulatory bodies, that their rules are too stringent and not based on the science of our unique lake. This is our opportunity to help shape future decisions, and modify current rules. We are working with MFLNRO, not against them and this will bolster our credibility with decision makers. This also shows that we do truly care about the lake and the quality of water and habitat that we enjoy.
A copy of the research proposal is on our website
SWOA and MLFNRO research proposal (Draft 4 - january 13, 2016).
For more information contact our SWOA director Clyde Mitchell: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to offer your location as a possible research spot, please fill out this form.
Funding for this project comes in the form of cash from SWOA, in-kind donations from MFLNRO and TRU, some local industry funds, and a grant from the Pacific Salmon Foundation. Our contribution is $7500 per year and will use up much of our reserve. If you feel this is a worthwhile effort, we'd appreciate any help you can give. Please see our Research Donation page for more information.