Looking back over the summer and transitioning to fall

As fall weather starts to settle in, the Cheticamp River Salmon Association (CRSA) is gearing up to transition with the seasons, already thinking ahead to the fall and preparing for the next phase of fieldwork.

The CRSA continued to work closely with partners at Cape Breton Highlands National Park (CBHNP) this year, with their efforts focused largely on data collection. The data collection consisted of a continuation of a water temperature study initiated in 2017, as well as extensive habitat assessments and surveying work.

The CRSA worked closely with partners at Cape Breton Highlands National Park to conduct habitat assessments on the Cheticampy River this summer

The CRSA worked closely with partners at Cape Breton Highlands National Park to conduct habitat assessments on the Cheticampy River this summer

With our changing climate, it is increasingly important to gain a better understanding of water temperature. This is particularly needed as part of efforts to conserve species like the Atlantic salmon that are vulnerable to elevated water temperatures. For example, increased water temperatures can mean there is less habitat suitable for meeting the needs of Atlantic salmon at different stages in their life cycles, not to mention that warmer waters can cause negative physiological responses in the fish, including death.

Through collecting summer water temperature data along the Cheticamp River, the CRSA and CBHNP are hoping to be gain a better understanding of the temperature regime of the Cheticamp River, as well as identify locations prone to elevated water temperatures as well as sources of cold water. This information is important as it can help inform management decisions, including future climate change adaptation efforts. In addition, the water temperature data from the Cheticamp River will also be included in a centralized database managed by the RivTemp network, a partnership of universities, government agencies, and watershed groups dedicated to conserving Atlantic salmon in eastern Canada.  

Matt Fraser, CRSA’s Habitat Restoration Crew Leader this summer, helped install water temperature loggers on the Cheticamp River

Matt Fraser, CRSA’s Habitat Restoration Crew Leader this summer, helped install water temperature loggers on the Cheticamp River

In addition to the water temperature study, the CRSA and CBHNP also worked together to conduct habitat assessments throughout the lower Cheticamp River. These involved taking channel measurements (including width and depth), identifying substrate composition, collecting water quality information (dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature), and using surveying equipment to measure elevation and create profiles of the riverbed. This information is useful as the Cheticamp River has undergone major changes in recent years (a large flood in 2015 had particularly drastic impacts) and this data will help provide a clearer picture of the habitat types and distribution on the lower Cheticamp River, as well as identify areas that may be candidates for restoration work or other management measures.

CRSA and Parks Canada staff working together to collect elevation data as part of habitat assessments on Cheticamp River

CRSA and Parks Canada staff working together to collect elevation data as part of habitat assessments on Cheticamp River

This year’s project follows right on the heels of a five-year instream habitat restoration project completed last year by the CRSA and CBHNP. This multi-year project focused on improving fish passage through unnaturally and critically overwidened sites on the lower Cheticamp River by installing instream structures designed to encourage the river to gradually narrow and deepen. While the river continues to respond and adjust to the instream work, this year’s data collection efforts help to fill in important knowledge gaps and will help inform future management plans for the Cheticamp River watershed.

The CRSA’s work this summer was possible thanks to not only a continued partnership with Parks Canada, but also funding and support from the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation, the Nova Scotia Salmon Association’s NSLC Adopt-a-Stream Program, and Sage Environmental Program. The Clean Foundation, Service Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs Program, and the Federal Government’s Young Canada Works Program also helped with funding for the CRSA’s student summer work crew – the hard-working young people that helped with much of the data collection.

Work may have wrapped up for the CRSA’s summer crew (the students have all returned to school), but the CRSA’s work is far from over. This fall is shaping up to be an especially busy one, with work to include more habitat assessments and surveying, retrieval of temperature loggers and data analysis, report writing, and a fall redd count (a redd is a nest where salmon lay their eggs).

Stay tuned for more project results and updates through the fall.

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2019 Student Crew Members

We’re very happy to welcome our 2019 student crew members to the CRSA team! Working with us this year is Aaron Krick who comes all the way from Ontario to enjoy Cape Bretons beautiful scenery and sport fishing scene, Keats Doucette, a Cheticamp native who is currently living in Manitoba but has joined us this summer to gain some hands on experience in the field of species and habitat conservation, and Marcus Larade, an avid outdoorsman and resident of Cheticamp. We’re looking forward to a safe, fun, and productive summer with our new student crew!

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Youth Fishing Derby 2019

  • Thank you to everyone who came out to our father's day youth fishing derby this past Sunday! Congratulations to all of our winners and participants! A very special thank you goes out to our local businesses for their generous prize donations and Robert Leblanc for providing us with a wonderful venue for this event.

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International year of the salmon

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The International Year of the Salmon is a 5-year outreach and research initiative of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission and the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization, with a focal year in 2019. The year aims to raise public awareness, gather stakeholders, stimulate science and inspire action to protect salmon.
— http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/campaign-campagne/wild-salmon-saumon-sauvage/index-eng.html

2019 is the International Year of the Salmon and we here at the Cheticamp River Salmon Association couldn’t be happier to be playing a crucial part in the rehabilitation and conservation of Cheticamp’s local salmon population. Check in regularly to our facebook and news pages to stay up to date on our latest projects and events!

Fly Casting Workshop

The Cheticamp River Salmon Association is partnering with Master  Fly Casting Instructor, Lewis Hinks, to offer an introductory fly  casting workshop in Cape Breton.    This workshop includes the basics of fly fishing, with instruction and  hands-on learning experiences with tying fish knots, techniques for  casting, and opportunities to practice hooking and releasing live fish.    Call or email for registration or more information:  902-224-5854 or cheticampriversalmon@gmail.com

The Cheticamp River Salmon Association is partnering with Master

Fly Casting Instructor, Lewis Hinks, to offer an introductory fly

casting workshop in Cape Breton.

This workshop includes the basics of fly fishing, with instruction and

hands-on learning experiences with tying fish knots, techniques for

casting, and opportunities to practice hooking and releasing live fish.

Call or email for registration or more information:

902-224-5854 or cheticampriversalmon@gmail.com

Cheticamp River restoration project wraps up after 5 years

The Cheticamp River Salmon Association and its Parks Canada partners completed their fifth and final year of instream work on the Cheticamp River in August. This year’s work has brought the total number of instream structures installed over the years to 70. The majority of these structures - mostly rock retarding bars (or groynes) and deflectors - were installed in sections of the lower river where the channel had become critically overwidened.

Archie Doucette (left, Parks Canada) and Charles MacInnis (project consultant in charge of restoration design and construction of instream structures) oversee work at the Faribault Brook site.

Archie Doucette (left, Parks Canada) and Charles MacInnis (project consultant in charge of restoration design and construction of instream structures) oversee work at the Faribault Brook site.

Catherine Thompson, CRSA’s Crew Supervisor for its student habitat restoration work crew, was on site to help with traffic control during this year’s instream work on the Cheticamp River.

Catherine Thompson, CRSA’s Crew Supervisor for its student habitat restoration work crew, was on site to help with traffic control during this year’s instream work on the Cheticamp River.

The 2018 instream work focused on three sites on the lower Cheticamp River: Faribault Brook (work took place on the Cheticamp River, above the confluence with Faribault Brook), Below Fence Pool, and at Petit Cap. Fish passage at these sites was not only limited by overwidened channels, but also split thalwegs, mid channel diagonal bars, and excess bedload deposition.

These three sites had all been worked on in previous years of the Cheticamp River project, but revisiting them was important in order to address changes to the river that occurred as a result of a major flood three years ago (August, 2015). By adding an additional five instream structures (2 rock retarding bars, 2 deflectors, and a sill) and carrying out maintenance to some of the previously installed structures (4 rock retarding bars and a deflector), the restoration team is hoping to improve fish passage in some cases, as well as maintain the benefits achieved during the first few years of the project.

Charles MacInnis overseeing maintenance work to a deflector below Fence Pool.

Charles MacInnis overseeing maintenance work to a deflector below Fence Pool.

The uppermost structure installed as part of the Cheticamp River restoration project (view looking downstream). This rock deflector was installed in August, 2018 above Faribault Brook.

The uppermost structure installed as part of the Cheticamp River restoration project (view looking downstream). This rock deflector was installed in August, 2018 above Faribault Brook.

Seeing this project through to completion has been a major achievement for the Cheticamp River Salmon Association, and the timing was crucial. Human impacts (including past logging - pre the formation of Cape Breton Highlands National Park) had resulted in the channel becoming drastically over-widened in places along the lower river. In low water conditions, these wide, shallow areas were creating significant problems for migrating salmon. And low water conditions – once uncommon during the spring salmon run – have become a regular occurrence. The current trend of warmer winters and drier springs combined with less rainfall, contributes to lower water levels and higher water temperatures during the salmon migration. Without intervention, these human induced environmental conditions would continue to impact Atlantic salmon and other migrating fish, and the Cheticamp River’s important spring salmon run and the recreational fishery that it supports would eventually be lost.

While the Cheticamp River restoration project wouldn’t have been possible without the support and collaboration from Parks Canada (Cape Breton Highlands National Park), a dedicated group of project partners who have supported the project since its start back in 2014 are also to thank for its success. These project contributors and funders include the Nova Scotia Salmon Association’s NSLC Adopt-a-Stream Program, the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation, Sage Environmental Program, and the Atlantic Salmon Federation. Other funders who contributed to one or more years of the project include DFO’s Recreational Fisheries Partnership Program, Nova Scotia Power Inc., and Service Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs Program.  

Allyson Heustis with the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation (left) and Jillian Baker, CRSA’s Project Manager, during a site visit this summer.

Allyson Heustis with the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation (left) and Jillian Baker, CRSA’s Project Manager, during a site visit this summer.

Archie Doucette (Parks Canada), Rene Aucoin (CRSA President), and Charles MacInnis (Project consultant) (left to right) pose with signage from the Nova Scotia Salmon Association’s NSLC Adopt-a-Stream Program, one of the funders of the Cheticamp River restoration project.

Archie Doucette (Parks Canada), Rene Aucoin (CRSA President), and Charles MacInnis (Project consultant) (left to right) pose with signage from the Nova Scotia Salmon Association’s NSLC Adopt-a-Stream Program, one of the funders of the Cheticamp River restoration project.

While it won’t be building structures in the Cheticamp River again any time soon, the CRSA has no intention of sitting idle. The Association is already partnering with Parks Canada on a water temperature study of the river and the Cheticamp reservoir, and this fall the CRSA is proposing its first official salmon redd count (redds are fish spawning nests) on the Cheticamp River.  Volunteers will be needed, and a training session will be held later this fall. More information on this will be made available in the coming weeks.

Update: August 2018

It’s time to get the waters flowing again! For the past few weeks Yvon (and the chainsaw) have joined the team to help us clear the waterways and gather material for more long-term installations. Once the sites were identified, with photos and notes gathered, we set off to Aucoin Brook and then Fiset Brook to do the work.

Starting in Aucoin Brook, we had to find the right trees for the digger logs we were to install later in the season. This can sometimes take a lengthy amount of time, as there is a lot to consider. Finding a straight, recently fallen tree, within close proximity to the site is the ideal (and then is it long enough?). Once the right tree has been chosen, we measure, cut, clear and drag it to the site to be used in the future.

Other jobs on the Aucoin Brook were clearing debris that may continue to clog or inhibit flow. The crew cleared much of the leaves and smaller debris before Yvon arrived so that it was easy cutting for him. More logs were set aside to block a section of the brook from becoming further divided.

This week some serious clearing happened in Fiset Brook. The crew spent an entire morning clearing the first site with Yvon’s help (and still more to be done!) A channel switch, and an eroded bank are just two possible causes for the amount of debris to build over time. We are thankful for Yvon’s help, as we couldn’t do it without him.

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Fly Casting Workshop with a Master Caster!

We are excited to be partnering with Master Fly Casting Instructor Lewis Hinks to offer introductory fly casting workshops in Cheticamp! These workshops will provide an introduction to the exciting world of sport fishing. Participants will learn the basics of fly fishing, with instruction and hands-on learning experiences with tying fishing knots, techniques for casting, and opportunities to practice hooking and releasing live fish. No prior experience is required in order to participate in the workshops. All that is needed is comfortable clothing, sunglasses or safety glasses (to provide protection for participants' eyes), and an interest in having a unique and exciting experience.

Lewis Hinks has over 40 years of fly fishing experience, and has been teaching fly casting for the last five years. While Lewis enjoys introducing beginners to the sport, he also looks forward to opportunities to provide feedback and coaching to experienced anglers. Participants can sign up for a morning (9-12pm) or afternoon (1-4pm) workshop. Workshops will take place on July 31 (rain date of Aug. 1) in Cheticamp. For more information on this event, contact the Cheticamp River Salmon Association at cheticampriversalmon@gmail.com or phone CRSA President Rene Aucoin at 902-224-5854. 

Come experience fly fishing in Cape Breton and get hooked with us!

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The Cheticamp River Salmon Association is able to put on this workshop with help from Destination Cape Breton Association. 

Update: Water Temperature Study

This past month we have continued collecting data for our water temperature study in the Cheticamp River and Cheticamp reservoir. This study is being done with our partners at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The purpose of this study is to record temperature fluctuations in the river and reservoir and determine the impact of these fluctuations on aquatic species. Below are some photos of the summer crew installing the temperature probes at various locations. The probes are installed at different depths (surface vs. bottom) and in different sections of the river (riffles, pools, runs). The probes will be collected in September. 

 

After 2 hours of driving we arrived at the Cheticamp Reservoir, ready to install 2 temperature probes in the lake. Thank you to DFO officers for taking us on their boat to deploy the probes. 

After 2 hours of driving we arrived at the Cheticamp Reservoir, ready to install 2 temperature probes in the lake. Thank you to DFO officers for taking us on their boat to deploy the probes. 

Deploying a (makeshift) probe in the Cheticamp Reservoir. What an adventure!   

Deploying a (makeshift) probe in the Cheticamp Reservoir. What an adventure!   

We are very excited to introduce Sarah Lloyd (left) to our summer crew. Sarah will be helping conduct the study and also contribute to river restoration work throughout the summer. This photo was taken at the upper pools of the Cheticamp River where the team installed several temperature probes. 

We are very excited to introduce Sarah Lloyd (left) to our summer crew. Sarah will be helping conduct the study and also contribute to river restoration work throughout the summer. This photo was taken at the upper pools of the Cheticamp River where the team installed several temperature probes. 

Deploying a temperature logger at the Barrier Falls in the Cheticamp River. Our crew was accompanied by Parks staff who helped navigate the hike to the Falls. 

Deploying a temperature logger at the Barrier Falls in the Cheticamp River. Our crew was accompanied by Parks staff who helped navigate the hike to the Falls. 

Exploring the sights of the Barrier Falls

Exploring the sights of the Barrier Falls

Once we install the probes we record the water and air temperature, depth of probe, GPS coordinates, and date & time of installation

Once we install the probes we record the water and air temperature, depth of probe, GPS coordinates, and date & time of installation

Youth Fishing Derby 2018

This past Sunday was our Annual Youth Fishing Derby. Despite the event being postponed from the previous weekend due to poor weather conditions, the CRSA was pleased with the amount of young anglers and their families that participated in the derby.  Robert Leblanc kindly volunteered his pond in Plateau for the event, where there was no shortage of fish for the young anglers. This event, open for participants ages 16 and under, is an opportunity for youth to get outdoors and try out the sport. In addition to the fishing, there was a BBQ and refreshments, as well as prizes for the biggest fish caught (measured by weight). 

Special thank you to Robert LeBlanc for hosting the event. And to the local businesses who generously donated prizes for the top anglers. Finally, thank you to the families who came out and helped make this fishing derby another success. We hope to see you again next year! 

 

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Annual Fishing Derby: Sunday June 3rd

Petit Lac being stocked with fish for our fishing derby this weekend! Our annual fishing derby will run from 8:00am- 12:00pm on Sunday June 3rd at Petit Lac, Grand Étang. There will be prizes for top youth anglers (ages 16 and under) and a free BBQ! 

We hope to see you there!

Please note: Petit Lac will be closed from Wednesday May 30th- Sunday June 3rd @ 6:00am for the derby

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Introduction: Stream Restoration Crew Lead

Hello!

My name is Catherine Thompson and I will be the Stream Restoration Crew Lead for the upcoming summer. I am originally from Ontario but I am studying at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. I am majoring in Aquatic Resources and will receive my undergraduate degree in 2019!

In this position I will be leading a group of 2 other students in habitat restoration work in the Chéticamp River. This includes water quality monitoring, stream assessments, improvements to fish passages, and the development and maintenance of in-stream structures. I am excited to be working as part of a team and to gain hands-on experience in conservation and restoration efforts. Throughout the summer we will be sharing updates to this website and to our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CheticampRiverSalmonAssociation/

 

At the Toronto Harbourfront 

At the Toronto Harbourfront 

2018 Field Season, here we come!

With May quickly wrapping up, we've decided that it's time for an important update on what the Cheticamp River Salmon Association is planning for our 2018 field season. 

To start, we're excited to be continuing to partner with Cape Breton Highlands National Park to expand the water temperature study that we initiated last year, and to complete additional instream restoration work on the lower Cheticamp River.

The water temperature study we conducted last year focused on the Cheticamp River as well as the Cheticamp reservoir. Working with our Parks Canada partners, we deployed water temperature probes at key locations along the Cheticamp River and also at different depths in the Cheticamp reservoir (we were interested in whether a cold water layer exists at lower depths). Parks Canada also shared their historical water temperature data with us so that we could look for possible trends (e.g., warming or cooling). 

Last year's Field Technician, Gabrielle McLaughlin, recording water temperature data on a trip to the Cheticamp reservoir.

Last year's Field Technician, Gabrielle McLaughlin, recording water temperature data on a trip to the Cheticamp reservoir.

After analyzing our data, reviewing our methodology, and discussing results with our project partners, we collectively decided that the study should continue in 2018. An additional season of data will help give us a better understanding of the Cheticamp River's water temperature profile as well as the situation at the reservoir. We will be providing updates once we get started on this important second phase of our study!

In addition to our water temperature study, we will be working with Cape Breton Highlands National Park to address a number of loose ends in our habitat restoration project focused on improving fish passage on the lower Cheticamp River. Issues including extreme weather events (see our post on the flood in 2015) and shortened windows for instream work have meant that there is still some work to do to restore impacted habitat and remove potential barriers to fish passage at a few key sites along the lower Cheticamp River. Once our lead project consultant completes his spring site visits and provides an updated restoration plan for the Cheticamp, we will share details about this upcoming work. 

Parks Canada staff flying a drone last summer to help us to collect before and after photos and videos at our work sites on the lower Cheticamp River.

Parks Canada staff flying a drone last summer to help us to collect before and after photos and videos at our work sites on the lower Cheticamp River.

Outside the Cheticamp River, we also have plans to improve fish passage on two smaller watercourses: Aucoin Brook (a tributary of the Cheticamp River), and Farm Brook (located just south of Cheticamp). Both of these brooks require the use of heavy equipment to remove blockages of large debris and open sections of infilled channel that have created serious problems for migrating fish. In addition to the heavy equipment work, we are also in the process of hiring students to work as part of our habitat restoration work ctew this summer. This team will be busy with a variety of work projects, including helping conduct water quality monitoring, carrying out maintenance to existing instream structures, and installing new structures as required. Stay tuned!

 

Looking back at our 2017 field season

We had another busy and productive field season here in Cheticamp this year. Thanks to the continued support and financial help from our project partners and funders, the Cheticamp River Salmon Association was able to continue work on important existing projects as well as take on some exciting new work in 2017.

In particular, we would like to thank the following for helping make this another successful year: Fisheries and Oceans Canada (specifically funding from DFO's Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program and staff from the Conservation office in Cheticamp for their inkind contributions to our water temperature study), the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation, Nova Scotia Salmon Association's NSLC Adopt-a-Stream Program, Parks Canada (specifically, staff at Cape Breton Highlands National Park for co-managing our Cheticamp River project and making important inkind contributions), Sage Environmental Program, the Cheticamp branch of the RBC, Destination Cape Breton Association, the Atlantic Salmon Federation (inkind contributions from Lewis Hinks, Director of Programs for Nova Scotia), and the Clean Foundation and Service Canada's Canada Summer Jobs Program for help hiring summer staff.

Below are some highlights of the work we accomplished this year:

2017 marked our fourth year of habitat restoration work on the lower Cheticamp River, undertaken in partnership with Cape Breton Highlands National Park (CBHNP). This year our habitat restoration team installed thirteen new instream structures (a combination of rock deflectors and rock retarding bars, or groynes) and carried out maintenance work to two existing structures. The structures were installed at three works sites, above Fence Pool, below Fence Pool, and at Petit Cap (Gauge station). The restoration plan, designed by stream restoration specialist and former DFO Habitat Coordinator Charles MacInnis, called for the installation of structures at key locations to encourage the river to gradually narrow and deepen through overwidened sections, process bedload in locations where extreme bedload deposition had occurred, and improve fish passage through areas where divided thalwegs and mid-channel diagonal bars restricted upstream migration of Atlantic salmon and trout.

Front end loader moving rock to work sites below Fence Pool

Front end loader moving rock to work sites below Fence Pool

Charles MacInnis giving instructions to excavator operator during installation of one of the structures above Fence Pool

Charles MacInnis giving instructions to excavator operator during installation of one of the structures above Fence Pool

One of the completed rock deflectors above Fence Pool, with excavator busy on another structure further upstream

One of the completed rock deflectors above Fence Pool, with excavator busy on another structure further upstream

One of the many ways that Parks Canada staff at Cape Breton Highlands National Park contributed to project on the Cheticamp River was by capturing before and after drone footage of the project work sites. The aerial photos and video are part of our efforts to document project achievements and evaluate the effectiveness of the instream work. 

Geomatics Technician Michée Lemieuxwith CBHNP flies a drone over project work sites prior to the start of instream work.

Geomatics Technician Michée Lemieuxwith CBHNP flies a drone over project work sites prior to the start of instream work.

Sample aerial photo captured with CBHNP drone, this one showing some of the instream structures installed above Fence Pool

Sample aerial photo captured with CBHNP drone, this one showing some of the instream structures installed above Fence Pool

In addition to the instream work on the Cheticamp River, the CRSA also partnered with CBHNP to carry out a water temperature study on the Cheticamp River and the Cheticamp reservoir (source of the Cheticamp River and part of NS Power's Wreck Cove hydroelectric project). Both were interested in better understanding water temperatures on the Cheticamp River and at the reservoir as salmonid fish (including Atlantic salmon and trout) are sensitive to water temperature as it affects the availability of dissolved oxygen in the water and the metabolic rates of the fish. The combination of climate changes and unnaturally overwidened sections of the lower Cheticamp River – locations that result in warmer water temperatures due to the shallow depths, as well as insufficient depths for fish passage – has raised concerns about how water temperatures may be affecting the health of Atlantic salmon and native trout species on the Cheticamp River.

The CRSA installed submersible probes to collect water temperature data at various locations on the Cheticamp River and at different depths through the water column in the reservoir.The CRSA also hired Gabrielle McLaughlin, a recent biology graduate from St. Francis Xavier University, to help carry out the study and prepare a report (still in progress) of the findings.

Gabrielle MacLaughlin and Jeremy Camus - summer student with the CRSA - retrieving water temperature data from one of the data loggers installed on the Cheticamp River

Gabrielle MacLaughlin and Jeremy Camus - summer student with the CRSA - retrieving water temperature data from one of the data loggers installed on the Cheticamp River

Gabrielle MacLaughlin and Kayla Blackwood - crew supervisor for CRSA's Habitat Restoration Crew - deploying temperature loggers at Cheticamp reservoir. Thanks to DFO for providing access to a boat and operator for this part of our project. 

Gabrielle MacLaughlin and Kayla Blackwood - crew supervisor for CRSA's Habitat Restoration Crew - deploying temperature loggers at Cheticamp reservoir. Thanks to DFO for providing access to a boat and operator for this part of our project. 

While not working onthe Cheticamp River, the CRSA was also busy getting work done on a number of smaller watercourses in and around Cheticamp. For example, Kayla Blackwood, a 1st year NSCC Natural Resources Environment Technology student, was working as the CRSA's Habitat Restoration Crew Supervisor, leading a variety of projects on Aucoin Brook, a tributary of the Cheticamp River. Kayla and her one man crew were able to get an impressive amount of work done, including removing blockages, carrying out maintenance to existing instream structures (mostly digger logs and deflectors), installing brush mats, helping with riparian planting, and conducting water quality monitoring. In addition to the work on Aucoin Brook, the CRSA also carried out some important fish passage work on Fiset Brook, and began fish passage work on Farm Brook (to be completed in 2018).

Kayla Blackwood and Jeremy Camus completing a site visit as part of the CRSA's ecological monitoring program

Kayla Blackwood and Jeremy Camus completing a site visit as part of the CRSA's ecological monitoring program

Jeremy and Kayla demonstrating how to install a brush mat as part of a site visit with the Clean Foundation

Jeremy and Kayla demonstrating how to install a brush mat as part of a site visit with the Clean Foundation

Check back for updates on the results of the water temperature study as well as plans for next year. Hopefully we can continue to work with our partners to take on more interesting and important projects!

Adopt A Stream Training

We attended to the Adopt a Stream training program and Amy Weston taught us the significance on digger logs and how to build one at the Centre of Arts in Inverness. It was divided into 2 groups and each group has built and placed a digger log at More Brook, and everyone learned how to use various tools and got the chance to try them. - July 10th, 2017

Fly Casting Workshop

An experienced angler and past president of the Margaree Salmon Association (John Hart) from Margaree and a master fly casting instructor (Lewis Hinks) from the Atlantic Salmon Federation offered their time and shared their knowledge and expertise on how to fly cast. The workshop began with Lewis Hinks teaching how to fly cast and the proper techniques to be used. After practicing on how to fly cast properly, the students quickly got the hang of it and began to test their fly fishing skills at Joel Camus’ pond. Before everybody fished, John Hart taught how tie a fly onto the line by demonstrating. Every student had caught at least 2 trout each and were excited and filled with joy after hooking on to one. - June 28th 2017