Snorkeling to monitor Ingenika River Arctic Grayling abundance
This project will apply a standardized snorkeling survey methodology to index reaches of the Ingenika River to estimate Arctic Grayling abundance. An Ingenika snorkeling survey for grayling was designed and implemented in 2004. The methodology, index reaches, and recommendations for crew size and time budget are detailed in Cowie and Blackman (2012). This project will establish surveys in new reaches, as well as a preliminary time series for estimating trend. This project aligns with the FWCP’s Arctic Grayling synthesis report and monitoring framework, which identifies that the lack of population abundance monitoring since 2007 is one of six key gaps limiting the ability to assess Arctic Grayling conservation status, or to design and implement conservation and enhancement measures.