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May 23 Grayling Project Update


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Hello anglers!


The fishing season is almost here and our project activities are now in full swing.
Our application for a Fish Research License is under review and we hope to get permission to start our angling study at the end of May, two weeks before the season officially opens on June 16.
The information session will be held on June 4 about 7:45 pm, right after the business meeting portion of Northern Lights/TU regular Wednesday evening meeting. The meeting is at Queen Mary Park Community hall - 10844 117 St, Edmonton.

Project Schedule

Fuel cards, maps, GPS units, and recording equipment are supplied for all trips.


Angling phase 1

June – Mid July

The information session and map/field kit distribution night will be on June 4 at 7:45, Queen Mary Park community Hall. The alternate session will be on June 11 after the regular meeting. For the angling survey, volunteers will be assigned to designated sites in tributaries of the Pembina River. Early season focus will be on the upper sections Dismal Creek and around the log jam. Phase 2 will be mid July-August. Phase 3 will be in September. Pending water conditions and approval of our permit, a group outing will be held on Saturday June 14 where there will be a focus on angling and PIT tagging. Category 1 volunteers will go fishing at designated sites; record fish size, habitat conditions, GPS coordinates, take photographs and collect water samples. Category 2 volunteers will receive additional training to use PIT tag readers and will have options to participate in PIT tagging and backpack electro fishing trips.


Temperature Monitoring, Probe Installation

May 31 and June 1

Install and remove temperature probes at designated sites; record GPS position and take photographs of the location, timing depends on water flow rates. Installation in late May or early June (depending on water conditions), retrieval in early October.


Conservation Signage

June, July

Install Arctic Grayling conservation signage at key access points in the Upper Pembina River watershed. Capture coordinates and photograph sites.


Stream Crossing Assessment

Summer or fall.

Use Alberta Stream Crossing Protocol (system adopted by ESRD/DFO) at bridge/culvert crossings on Dismal and Rat Creeks; assess fish passage, erosion/sedimentation issues; collect turbidity samples; training provided.


Underwater Surveillance


Use of dry suits/snorkeling, in the Pembina River and Dismal Creek to locate overwintering sites for Grayling (mountain whitefish, bull trout).



Although these are volunteer activities, we can supply gas money or provide transportation to the site (with some scheduling restrictions).


We are continuing discussions with ESRD (Fish & Wildlife/Edson) to help coordinate our activities with government fish sampling efforts in the area.
We need to know how many volunteers are available this year and how many folks would like to take on extra tasks as a Category 2 volunteer.
If you didn't reply to the first update, please let us know how you would like to help out.



Thank you! See you on June 4 at Queen Mary Park hall.

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