Kits in progress to aid sturgeon release

The Nechako White Sturgeon Initiative (NWSRI) are working on creating 20 kits to aid fisher families in five first nation bands.

The Nechako White Sturgeon Initiative (NWSRI) are working on creating 20 kits to aid fisher families in five first nation bands.

The kits have come about after outreach activities with the bands revealed that sturgeon sometimes get caught in nets when families are fishing for salmon.

“The Sturgeon is a big fish and it can rip apart and wreck the nets – even if it just rolls up in the net and entangles itself with the scoots (sharp points along body) and the fins…instead of unrolling it which may be impossible – they have to cut the net,” said Brian Frenkel, Chair of the NWSRI Community Working Group.

“So we want them to release the fish if it is still alive and hopefully the kit will help with the damaged net,” he said.

The kits are still being finalized and will be worth around $200 when finished.

“Right now the kits contain such things as a knife, a soft measuring tape, mending kits, gloves, electrical tape, pliers, and a waterproof camera so they can take a picture of one of the fish and the damage,” said Frenkel.

“But we’re still working with first nations to determine exactly what they need in the kit,” he said.

The NWSRI is also hoping to produce a video that will go along with each kit and will show how to get the fish out of the net.

“This problem with by-catch is one of the issues that we can help with,” said Frenkel.

“Every fish is important and if it saves one or two fish a year, then it’s a good win for everybody,” he said.

 

Just Posted

New book about Vanderhoof out on shelves now

Every Little Scrap and Wonder written by Carla Funk delves into childhood memories growing up in a small town

Prescribed burns being done around Vanderhoof and Fort St. James

The smoke visible towards the north of town is from prescribed burns… Continue reading

Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations court battle against RioTinto Alcan to start next week

Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations are taking Rio Tinto Alcan to court over their functioning of the Kenney Dam that affects the Nechako River

Come join the community this year at the Halloween Pumpkin Walk

The 20th Annual Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce event will be held on Oct. 31 at Riverside Park

Career fair a success for many

700 job hunters visited the Black Press Extreme Education and career fair in Prince George Oct. 11

ELECTION 2019: It’s so close, it could come down to who turns out to vote

Black Press Media’s polling analyst on the origins of predictive seat modelling in Canada

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta, but doesn’t talk oilsands

Swedish teen was met with some oil and gas industry supporters who came in a truck convoy

Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

Conservative leader had claimed that a potential NDP-Liberal coalition could lead to a hike in GST

Council asks to limit cruise ship visits to Victoria harbour

Mayor says motion is not meant to curtail current visits or limit local cruise industry expansion

Chilliwack man pleads guilty in crash that killed pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged under Motor Vehicle Act for accident that killed Kelowna school teacher

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

Most Read