GMRC Launches Lumpfish Project

The Gespe’gewaq Mi’gmaq Resource Council (GMRC) is launching a project to learn more about lumpfish and to help with their recovery in the Bay of Chaleur. This project is a result of concerns coming from Ugpi’ganjig fishers who are catching lumpfish as bycatch, and it questions over if this is occurring during spawning. Lumpfish are described as being a thick, round fish with a short head and rounded snout. The males are red and females are blue in colour. COSEWIC listed the species as “threatened.”
Throughout this project, GMRC will be using a two-eyed seeing approach, using both western science and Mi’gmaw Ecological Knowledge, to identify critical spawning and rearing habitats. We will be working closely with fishers and asking for their assistance by taking pictures and to take GPS coordinates of where they caught the fish. If the fish has died, please contact Charlene LaBillois at 686-1615 to donate it to GMRC, so we can do further analysis on this species.
We would like to thank those who are contributing to this research project.