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 projects.
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 projects done.
For an update on the activities of the Mersey Biodiversity Facility Supporters Society dated November 13, 2013, click here.