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Fisheries Management

The GRRB works with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Renewable Resource Councils ( RRCs) and adjacent land claim co-management boards (Inuvialuit – FJMC; Sahtu – SRRB) to prepare fisheries management plans. Management plans lay out research goals and harvesting guidelines to protect fish stocks for future generations. As most fish do not respect political boundaries, it is important to develop management plans that include all stakeholders.

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Integrated Fisheries Management Plan for Dolly Varden char (Salvelinus malma malma)

Rat River Dolly Varden Char Communications - Part 1 pdf

Rat River Dolly Varden Char Communications - Part 2 pdf

Rat River Char Fishing 2013:

Analysis of data from the 2012 fishing season shows that the major biological indicators for the Rat River stock (length, age, sex composition & catch per unit effort) show stable to increasing trends, which indicated to the RRWG that the char stock is currently healthy. As a result, the RRWG increased the recommended harvest level to 425 char for 2013. The small increase will help strengthen the data collected from the Rat River Monitoring Program and will provide additional opportunity for community members to fish for char. Of the total 425 char recommendation – the RRWG allocated 180 to the Rat River Char Monitors and 240 to the community fishermen. The Aklavik RRC, HTC and Ft McPherson RRC agreed to share the allocation of 240 char in an even split – 80 to each group. All members of the RRWG as well as the IFMP steering Committee have independently reviewed and provided support for the 2013 RRWG recommendations. Public meetings were held in mid June in both Aklavik and Ft McPherson to communicate and receive feedback on the RRWG recommendations. Minutes from those meetings have been posted to this page.  

HARVESTERS: Contact your local RRC before you go fishing to get up-to-date information about harvest reporting and the total harvest allocation.

In-season harvest monitoring will be conducted by harvest monitors at Shingle Point (Jordan McLeod and Dennis Arey), Aklavik (RRC & HTC) and Ft McPherson (RRC). Staff at the GRRB thank everyone involved with harvest reporting for 2013 and wish everyone a good fishing season. Harvest reporting will be updated on a weekly basis, updates like this one will be posted to the GRRB website and RRC / HTC facebook pages as time allows. For more up to date harvest numbers, please contact Kris Maier at 777-6607 or Ellen Lea (DFO) at 777-7503.

Integrated Fisheries Management Plan for Dolly Varden (Salvelinus malma malma) of the Gwich’in Settlement Area and Inuvialuit Settlement Region Northwest Territories and Yukon North Slope 2011 – 2015

VOLUME 1: THE PLAN pdf
VOLUME 2 : APPENDICES pdf

2012 RAT RIVER UPDATE

Analysis of data from the 2011 fishing season indicated that the Rat River char population increased in size from between 4,186 and 5,792 in 2009 to between 5,759 and 9,332 in 2010. Based on these numbers and several biological population indicators, the Rat River Working Group applied a 5% safe harvest level and made a total harvest recommendation of 375 char. 150 of these fish will be caught by the char monitors and 225 have been allocated to community fishermen. The Aklavik RRC, HTC and Ft McPherson RRC agreed to share this allocation in an even split – 75 to each group. All members of the RRWG have independently reviewed and provided support for the 2012 RRWG recommendations. Public meetings were held in Aklavik and Ft McPherson to communicate and receive feedback on the RRWG recommendations. Minutes from those meetings have been posted to the GRRB website under the Public Registry.

In-season harvest monitoring is being conducted by harvest monitors at Shingle Point, Aklavik (RRC & HTC) and Ft McPherson. To August 23th, 140 Rat River char have been reported harvested. The Aklavik HTC has reported 26 char from Shingle Point and 33 char at Aklavik and the Aklavik RRC has reported 11. Ft McPherson has almost reached their voluntary allocation with a reported harvest of 70 char. Because of this, notification has gone out to harvesters in Ft McPherson to avoid targeting Rat River char. Staff at the GRRB wish to thank everyone involved with harvest reporting for 2012 and give a special thanks to char harvesters for staying within the voluntary allocation. Harvest reporting is updated on a weekly basis. For more up to date harvest numbers, please contact Kris Maier at 777-6607.

2009 RAT RIVER UPDATE

Available data (mark-recapture, monitoring, and community observation) suggest that the Rat River char population is rebounding. The GRRB and RRWG, in consultation with the affected communities, decided to allow a voluntary allocation between the user groups. The voluntary harvest allocation for 2009 is 1225 fish to be distributed among the user communities and groups and the harvest monitors.  The Rat River fishery continues to be monitored by the Gwich’in as has happened for 20 years.  

Pre-COSEWIC assessment prompted the creation of an Integrated Fisheries Management Plan by cooperating representatives of several governing bodies. This plan determines co-management regulations in the GSA and ISR and may be adopted as an existing management strategy if char are listed under SARA. Community input is being sought on the draft Plan during consultations in early 2010.

More fish were tagged this year. Another updated population estimate will be available in the fall of 2010.

2007-2008 RAT RIVER UPDATE

The GRRB, in consultation with the affected communities and the RRWG, decided to reinstate the voluntary closure for an additional 2 years (3 years total).

Declines in char populations have prompted the federal Committee On the Status of Endangered Wildlife In Canada (COSEWIC) to consider listing northern form Dolly Varden char under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).  

2006 RAT RIVER UPDATE

In March 2006, a new DFO estimate placed the population of Rat River char at ~3,500 fish, down from ~ 12,000 in 2002. Given this rapid decline, the GRRB, in consultation with the affected communities, moved to close the Rat River Char fishery to all fishing during the upstream migratory run from August 1st, to September 15th (inclusive). This was a voluntary closure. The fishery was open to three monitors under a scientific licence whose total combined catch was not to exceed a 5% safe harvest level.

 

Rat River Working Group Meeting Minutes and MOU

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Rat River Char Fishing Plan
This plan is an agreement between the Aklavik Renewable Resource Council, the Fort McPherson Renewable Resource Council, and the Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee. The goals of the plan are threefold:

  1. To maintain a healthy stock of Dolly Varden char in the Rat River system
  2. To maintain and manage the Rat River Dolly Varden char fishery for the continued use and enjoyment by the residents of Aklavik and Fort McPherson
  3. To encourage co-operation among all users to ensure sound management of the Rat River char stock
  • 1st Rat River Char Fishing Plan – June 1996
  • 2nd Rat River Char Fishing Plan – March 1997
  • 3rd Rat River Char Fishing Plan – March 1998
Rat River Fishing Plan - March 1998 pdf
  • 4th Rat River Char Fishing Plan – March 1999
  • 5th Rat River Char Fishing Plan – March 2000
  • 6th Rat River Char Fishing Plan – April 2001
  • 7th Rat River Char Fishing Plan – February 2004 - 2006
Rat River Fishing Plan - February 2004 - 2006 pdf

Rat River Dolly Varden (DFO Stock Status Report) pdf

 

Integrated Fisheries Management Plan for Coney (Stenodus leucichthys) – December 2000 with working plans for 2000 - 2005
This plan is an agreement between the Sahtu Renewable Resources Board, the Fisheries Joint Management Committee, the Gwich'in Renewable Resources Board, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans ( Canada). The goals of the plan are:

  1. To determine the current stock size and health
  2. To maintain or enhance the size of coney stocks through management practices (such as using closed seasons, closed areas of quotas)
  3. To identify, protect and manage critical coney habitats
  4. To protect and maintain traditional fishing activities and areas
  5. To encourage conservation, efficient and responsible fishing practices for coney
  6. To work to increase the knowledge of coney ecology by promoting research and exchanging traditional and scientific knowledge
  7. To ensure that management decisions and study results are communicated back to communities and other users/groups in a timely manner and in a meaningful way
  8. To ensure that all decisions that may affect the status of coney stocks and their habitats, and thus the well being of those who utilize coney, are based on the best available information

Integrated Fisheries Management Plan for Coney pdf

Mackenzie River Inconnu (DFO Stock Status Report 1998) pdf

Proceedings of the Regional Advisory Process Meeting on Mackenzie River Inconnu pdf



 
 

 

 
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