Studying Arctic Grayling in our Peace Region’s Ingenika River

Project Year: 2020-2021

Multi-year Project

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Project Lead

Chu Cho Environmental LLP

Watershed/Sub-region

Peace Region

Finlay Arm

Project Type

Monitoring & Evaluation

FWCP Contribution

$83,219

Action Plan Alignment

Streams Action Plan

Project ID

PEA-F21-F-3209

Ingenika Watershed Arctic Grayling monitoring 2020–2021

This project will continue work from 2018 and 2019 performing Arctic Grayling snorkeling surveys in the Ingenika River. This work supports a proposed framework of long-term population monitoring in three rivers (Ingenika, Finlay, and Mesilinka) within the Tsay Keh Dene traditional territory. Snorkeling surveys provide key information indicating abundance, trend, critical habitats, potential threats, and limiting factors for Arctic Grayling. The population is of importance within FWCP’s Arctic Grayling Monitoring Framework because of: 1) high cultural importance to the Tsay Key Dene people; 2) high feasibility of the methodology, due to exceptional water clarity; and 3) the population is one of concern, due to isolation from the Finlay Arctic Grayling population and small population size.

Update: Snorkeling for Arctic grayling in the Ingenika River Watershed

This is the third consecutive year of conducting Arctic grayling snorkel surveys in the Ingenika River Watershed. The FWCP’s Peace Region is the southernmost range for this species of concern. Get a glimpse of this important work in the traditional territory of the Tsay Keh Dene with a short video by Chu Cho Environmental about this FWCP-funded project.