Together with Giigoonyag – Acoustic Telemetry

As part of the Together with Giigoonyag initiative we will be tagging 50 whitefish for the purpose of telemetry at Government Dock and in Nottawasaga Bay beginning this month. Tagged fish will have an easily noticeable external tag and internal transmitter (see image above). If found, a $100 reward will be provided for these fish, their harvest location, and tags. DO NOT sell, trade, or consume the tagged fish. These fish will contain an anesthetic, MS-222, that will remain in their tissue up to a month. It is not safe to consume these fish.

For more information, please contact: Ryan Lauzon at 519-375-1012 or Alexander Duncan at 226-668-5221.

Learn more about the Acoustic Telemetry research.

Together with Giigoonyag Call for Artists

Together with Giigoonyag (fishes) is a collaborative project between the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON), Fathom Five National Marine Park (FFNMP), and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF). The project takes a “two-eyed seeing” approach by applying SON and Western scientific ways of knowing to address the concerns about fish, ecosystem change, and the water in the SON Traditional Territory.

We are seeking an artist to create a logo that illustrates the two-eyed seeing approach and spirit of the project.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to create this logo please contact Janna Chegahno for the proposal package.

Email or call 226-668-6809.

The deadline for submissions is December 4th, 2020, 11:59 PM EST.

Employment Opportunity – Fisheries Literature Review

The SON Fisheries Assessment Program Together with Giigoonyag initiative is seeking analytical, detailed, self-motivated individuals to conduct a paid review of fisheries-related literature. This project will provide an overview of the existing knowledge about fish stocking in Lake Huron and the SON’s traditional territory by reviewing academic literature from peer-reviewed sources, books, grey literature, and documents produced by the Saugeen Ojibway Nation and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The review will identify key gaps and uncertainties in the literature that have yet to be addressed by the scientific or research community and help to inform the creation of the SON’s Goals and Objectives for the Fishery.

The literature review has been divided into four chapters: Ecosystem (APPENDIX I); Food Security and Health (APPENDIX II); Culture, Spirituality, and Social (APPENDIX III); and Economics (APPENDIX IV). We anticipate a different reviewer for each chapter, although an applicant may submit a proposal for multiple chapters. These contract opportunities will be compensated according to the chapter being reviewed.

Please read the project Call for Applications for much more information and application instructions.

Fisheries Assessment Program Launches New Research Initiative

The Chippewas of Nawash Fisheries Assessment Program is pleased to announce a partnership with Parks Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in conducting important research. Later this year, a Together with Giigoonyag Committee will be formed. The committee, composed entirely of SON community members, will provide direction and inform the research process. Here are some of the upcoming projects and their planned years of operation:

Radio Telemetry (2020-2025)
– To track and understand movements of whitefish and lake trout.

Addressing Fish Stocking (2020-2025)
– To address the issues surrounding fish stocking and determine the SON’s goals and objectives.

Whitefish Habitat and Shoal Assessment (2020-2025)
– To gauge the status of whitefish habitat and spawning shoals.

Indicator Monitoring and Index Netting (2020-2025)
– To develop indicators to assess and monitor fish species of interest.

Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Interviews (2021)
– To investigate the SON’s collective knowledge of whitefish and lake trout.

Whitefish Larval Assessment (2021-2025)
– To assess and monitor whitefish larvae.

For more information, please contact Ryan Lauzon or Alexander Duncan of the Chippewas of Nawash Fisheries Assessment Program.

Fisheries Assessment Biologist
Ryan Lauzon
Tel: 519-375-1012

Fisheries Research Coordinator
Alexander Duncan
Tel: 226-668-5221