Researchers in LdB water this summer
The 2013 NSERC HydroNet team (from left to right: Jean-Michel Matte, Nathan Satre, Guillaume Bourque and Suzie Dubuc).
For a third season, Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada have partnered together with NSERC HydroNet, a pan-Canadian research network aimed at promoting sustainable hydropower and healthy aquatic ecosystems here in Manitoba and across Canada.
As a result, our own Lac du Bonnet will be at the forefront of a project aimed at developing a standardized method of assigning levels of fish productivity to habitat types within reservoirs here and across the country. "Despite all the work performed by government and industry, there remain many questions about how habitat relates to fish production", says Nathan Satre from NSERC HydroNet.
This year, researchers will study fish both at day and during the night. "I just wanted to let community members know what we will be doing, especially as this year they might see us around the lake at night," said Guillaume Bourque from NSERC HydroNet.
Thanks to the work being conducted in Lac du Bonnet this summer, researchers both in Manitoba and across Canada will be better equipped to assess fish habitat use in reservoirs, and promote sustainable fisheries for generations to come.
For more information, you can check out their website: www.hydronet.umontreal.ca