One way to
increase recreational fishing is to improve or restore fish habitat, to
make better spots for fish to spawn successfully and for fish to grow
vigorously. The first step is to assess what you have: the
physical features of the stream, the water quality and the environment
of the watershed. This is done by qualified persons evaluating
the whole stream starting at its headwaters and working downstream. The
aim is to enable projects for fish habitat based on good science.
Watershed study is needed to support funding applications for future
Jennifer Campbell of Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation (Lunenburg) has
been doing the field work, assisted by MRSA volunteers who guided and
supported her survey of selected brooks feeding into the Medway
River. Thanks to Brian Holden, Dell Nauss, Ronnie and Horace
MacPherson. This year’s study included Salters, Wentworth,
Tumblingdown, Globe Meadow and Mink Trap brooks. In particular,
Tumblingdown Brook has been talked about for a possible gold mine
development; we encountered N.S. government people travelling on the
woods road passing its headwaters to the Crown land beyond.
The field work was done this fall. The report, based on
Adopt-A-Stream methodology, would be due in early December.
Jennifer consults with Amy Weston of Nova Scotia Salmon Association who
manages the NSLC Adopt-A-Stream Program. The report summaries the
field work and proposes the specific actions needed to improve those
streams. With this direction, MRSA would apply for funding to get
For an update on the activities of the Mersey Biodiversity Facility Supporters Society dated November 13, 2013, click here.