REPORTING · 14th December 2012
The Sport Fishermen Advisory Board saw a presentation by Eric Vogt from UNBC. He is doing a study on Cutthroat Trout.
“The Ministry of the Environment Decided that they wanted to stock assessment work on Cutthroat and find out what the populations are doing in this region,” said Vogt.
To do this, they contacted UNBC and created a project. Vogt has been in Kitimat since August catching cutthroat trout. He weighs measures and takes samples from each of the trout and putting spaghetti tags on them. He’s asking any fishermen who catch a cutthroat with a tag on it to contact him immediately.
Larger fish received a radio tag. There are 31 radio tags out there. There are four radio stations in the river and every time a fish swims by one, it records the time and location. It lets him know how they are moving throughout the watershed.
He wants to identify where and when the fish are spawning, hoping to identify the number of juvenile fish being produced in the river. Vogt expressed he hopes to tag more fish prior to the end of December and more in January. He will be back from March to December hoping to put another 50 tags out.
“There hasn’t been any work of this nature done on Cutthroat Trout in this region at all, ever,” said Vogt.
This program is scheduled to go on for three years and will end with both a report for the Ministry of the Environment and a graduate thesis for Vogt.
Vogt is asking people to keep an eye out for the spaghetti tags and the radio wires which stick out of the Cutthroat trout. He is asking people who catch such a fish to release them and let him where and when they catch them.