Projects

Characterisation of three Gaspé Rivers: York, Dartmouth and St-Jean

Recipient: Fondation pour le saumon du grand Gaspé
Approved Amount: $8,000 in 2017 (1st year of 3 year project; total: $24,000)

The goal of the project is to characterize salmon habitats on Dartmouth, York and St-Jean Rivers with high resolution aerial imagery based on the method developed by INRS in cooperation with MFFP. Specifically, the analysis will include mapping of the habitat of young salmon at the fry and parr stages, identifying potential spawning grounds and adult salmon pools. Furthermore, an overview of the three rivers will be completed with a thermal camera for identifying and georeferencing available thermal refuges. Low flow periods are also important.

 

The project will get an exact and recent image of available spawning and feeding salmon habitats in the three rivers of the bay of Gaspé. It will also quantify the role of tributaries in the rivers productivity. Results can then be used by managers to identify the most productive areas, which will ensure a better protection of those areas. Similarly, managers will be able to identify areas that can be developed to increase productivity.

Contact: Jean Roy, 418-368-2324, jeanroy@saumongaspe.com