GMRC is conducting research on smolts collected from the Matapedia smolt wheel. Isotopes from 180 smolts collected during 2015, 2016 and 2017 are being analyzed to determine their habitat use. A sample of the muscle tissue is removed and placed in the oven at 60 degree celsius for 24 to 28 hours. Once they are dried, the tissue will be reduced to a fine powder and sent to a stable isotopes in naature laboratory in Fredericton. GMRC director of research Carole-Anne Gillis is also clipping the smolt fins to find out which river these fish originated from.