AEP is interested in having us do some angling this summer. Initiatives were delayed by heavy rains, but things are looking up now.
Changes to Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Act are making things a bit more complex for us as well. We are sorting through a number of new requirements (Safety plans, briefings, protocols, training etc). We may have to purchase additional equipment (first aid kits, emergency beacons, bear spray) as well, so our backs are against the wall for angling in August.
If you would like to volunteer, please let me know here. We are tentatively planning trips around August 17-19, or Aug 25-26 as a fallback.
We don't have everything worked out yet, just looking for some folks who might be available. Depending on how many teams and how big those teams are (2-3) this may be a very limited opportunity. We will give preference to those who have volunteered for the Grayling project in the past.
We will be angling and recording information about the locations and fish caught. No tissue/skin samples will be taken and no PIT tags will be deployed. We will bring along the PIT tag scanners in case we run into an old-timer from the last round.
We are hoping to pull this together in time!
Reminder - these waters are still closed and we are not permitted to fish without a fisheries research license (to be supplied). We will be expected to follow the protocols and guidance from AEP.