The 2016 Grayling project is underway!
- Support AEP recovery rest period.
- Continue with temperature monitoring program.
- Track tagged fish (previously tagged with PIT tags in 2013 – 2015) in Dismal Creek using stationary PIT-tag arrays across the channel.
- Aerial videography of sites providing key habitat functions and with restoration opportunities, using a camera-fitted quadcopter.
The temperature monitors will be launched within the next few weeks. We'd like to wait a bit to see what water levels are going to be like.
The first PIT tag array was deployed yesterday. We want to detect fish (that were fitted with PIT tags last year) as they move upstream to spawn. Water temperature was close to 1 degree and the channel was mostly clear with occasional chunks of ice drifting down.
The antenna spans the full width of the stream and there is a data logger that records the PIT tag serial number, date and time as the fish pass through.