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Report: Ingenika River Arctic Grayling 2004-2020 FWCP PEA-F21-F-3209

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The Arctic Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) is an especially coveted and sought-after sustenance species for the Tsay Keh Dene Nation. Since flooding, Arctic Grayling appear to have disappeared from many of the direct tributaries to Williston Reservoir. Self-sustaining populations are known only from the larger Parsnip, Nation, Omineca, Mesilinka, Finlay, and Ingenika watersheds.

Author:  John Hagen, Mike Stamford

Old Reference Number:  PEA-F21-F-3209

Old Reference System:  FWCP - Fish Wildlife Compensation Program Peace

Date Published:  Apr 2021

Report ID:  59158

Audience:  Government and Public

The Ingenika River watershed is of critical interest to the nearby community of Tsay Keh Dene. In this report, we present results of a snorkeling survey study designed to monitor Arctic Grayling population status and the distribution of critical summer rearing habitat along the Ingenika River mainstem. In 2017, The Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) identified two key knowledge gaps limiting the programs ability to initiate conservation and enhancement actions for Ingenika River Arctic Grayling: 1) the lack of monitoring data indicating the conservation status of the population, and 2) the lack of monitoring data indicating critical habitats for key life stages. By addressing high-priority knowledge gaps of the Arctic Grayling monitoring program, our study is aligned with FWCPs Streams Action Plan priority action 1b-3: Action 1b-3: Undertake Arctic Grayling monitoring as per recommendations of the monitoring program and develop specific, prioritized recommendations for habitat-based actions which correspond to the monitoring results.

Report Type
  Fish and Aquatic Habitat Information
  Fish Species - Arctic Grayling - Thymallus arcticus
  Region - Peace
  Fish and Fish Habitat - Conservation Biology
  Watershed Groups - 230 - Peace River

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