Jonathan Carr, ASF’s Vice-president of Research and Environment, gave an update yesterday morning of the work planned this spring.
“It is full steam ahead this year with the acoustic tagging,” said Carr. “We will be smolt tagging in the Restigouche, Cascapedia, Northwest Miramichi, and Southwest Miramichi. We have an early spring this year, but the smolt tagging will take place early to late May.
“As part of the tracking at sea, the acoustic receivers will be going out into the Baie des Chaleurs and in the Miramichi system and estuary in mid-April.”
Kelt tagging is back with a full program.
“Through the Environmental Studies Research Program we are assisting many partners with both acoustic and satellite “pop-off” tagging of kelts in the Cascapedia, Restigouche and Miramichi this year..
While water levels are high at the moment, there seems little chance of disastrous floods interfering with the program. And with low ice levels at sea, both in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Labrador Sea, the results could be very positive.
“As to the Strait of Belle Isle lines of receivers, they are not deployed until late June, but everything seems on track with that research as well.”
It should also be noted that other programs of acoustic tagging are taking place, for example in Nova Scotia rivers. We will give updates as information comes in.
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