Today is finally the day! The Gaspereau run has picked up, which means it's time for filed adventures to begin!
Fish runs have finally started in the Gaspereau River! After what seemed like an endlessly long and cold winter, water temperatures are only just starting to warm to what the Alewives and other anadromous species like. As I prepare to start my tagging work, there is just one more round of receiver deployments left to do!
In Dr. Stokesbury's lab, we get the opportunity to participate in numerous fish tracking projects with some of our collaborators. One such project deals with improving connectivity and fish passage on several Bay of Fundy coastal river systems.
We’re back for another season, and ready to go hard! Today we met up with Erica and Darren Porter, as well as some collaborators from DFO, in order to set up the receivers that will be deployed for this year's studies.
Before starting a large-scale tagging study, it was necessary to show that fish could survive this invasive procedure. I started working on the project in the summer of 2018, right as I came out of my undergrad. As the first fish began running up-river, I scrambled to get all of the necessary equipment ready and set up my research station.