South Na­tion Ri­ver fi­she­ry has clean bill of health

Vision (Canada) - - Sports - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­[email protected]

The South Na­tion Ri­ver is be­co­ming more po­pu­lar for re­crea­tio­nal and sport fi­shing and re­sults of the la­test sur­vey of the ri­ver’s fish po­pu­la­tion ex­plain why.

Tech­ni­cal staff with the South Na­tion Conser­va­tion Au­tho­ri­ty (SNC) re­lea­sed re­sults of their la­test sur­vey stu­dy of the 120-ki­lo­metre ri­ver and its tri­bu­ta­ries. Eve­ry year the SNC mo­ni­tors fish po­pu­la­tions and fi­shing ac­ti­vi­ty wi­thin one of the six reaches of the ri­ver, which in­clude Plan­ta­ge­net, Le­mieux, St-Al­bert, Ber­wick, Hynd­man and Spen­cer­ville, lo­ca­ted bet­ween the head­wa­ters north of Bro­ck­ville to where the ri­ver emp­ties in­to the Ot­ta­wa Ri­ver near Plan­ta­ge­net.

“Our re­gu­lar mo­ni­to­ring pro­vides in­sight in­to the health of our wa­ter­ways and lo­cal fish po­pu­la­tions,” sta­ted Mi­chelle Ca­va­nagh, SNC team lead. “Da­ta re­cor­ded helps guide long-term ma­na­ge­ment de­ci­sions to en­sure the sus­tai­na­bi­li­ty of the fi­she­ry.”

Re­sults of this year’s sur­vey at the Plan­ta­ge­net reach in­di­cates a health fish po­pu­la­tion for the South Na­tion Ri­ver. More than 100 fish were caught using hoop nets over a 24-hour per­iod, iden­ti­fied, wei­ghed, mea- sur­ed, and exa­mi­ned to de­ter­mine their age be­fore re­lea­sed back in­to the ri­ver.

The most abun­dant fish spe­cies col­lec­ted du­ring the sam­pling per­iod were Pump­kin­seed, Black crap­pie, Small­mouth bass, and Chan­nel cat­fish. The lar­gest fish in the sur­vey sample was a 560-mil­li­metre Chan­nel cat­fish, wei­ghing 3.175 ki­lo­grams. The smal­lest was a 20-gram Pump­kin­seed.

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