GMRC Conducting Research

Restoration work conducted by the Gespe’gewaq Mi’gmaq Resource Council (GMRC) is being assessed this summer. GMRC has been conducting restoration work under the Canadian Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk (CNFASAR) and monitoring under the Indigenous Habitat Participation Program (IHPP). Restoration work has seen 6 culverts repaired, 1 dam removed, and 3 eel ladders installed. This work will ensure migratory fish like Atlantic salmon and American eel are able to make it upstream to high quality habitats. Over 20 silt traps have been built near forestry roads and lots and agricultural lands as a measure to keep the silt runoff from impacting the water quality for Atlantic salmon and other species.
 With all this work done during the past two years, we are now conducting research to find out how the fish, food web, algae are responding. One of those methods is collecting environmental DNA (eDNA). This method collects expelled DNA from fish that has accumulated in the area to provide us with answers to our research. GMRC will also be conducting electrofishing and water chemistry sampling. The team will also be collecting data on the flow, substrate, habitat types, vegetation presence and invertebrates. The data collected over time will provide us with the answer: “Are we really improving the ecosystem?”