Fisheries Monitoring: Toronto regional waterfront

Fisheries Monitoring: Toronto regional waterfront


The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has been monitoring fisheries communities in the Toronto area and surrounding jurisdiction for around 30 years, and we have around 500 monitoring sites that regularly monitor along the waterfront. We do this because fish can tell us a lot about the health of an ecosystem, so when we go fishing we’re literally fishing, for information, we want to know what’s out there. The type of stuff that we’re looking for, is whether there’s invasive species, native species. We partner with multiple government and non-government agencies, and all of them have a collaborative interest, in the health of the fisheries communities, within the Toronto area and the Great Lakes in general. We do a lot of monitoring for some Atlantic salmon spawning, with the Lake Ontario Atlantic salmon restoration program. We work with the Fisheries and Oceans Canada, with their Asian carp program, which is an invasive species, so we’re trying to see presence or absence of this invasive species. We also collaborate with universities such as Carleton University for their fisheries monitoring. We have some receivers in the waterfront area, which can tell us the movement of the fish, and whether they are using some of the habitats that we have created and restored. So we do monitor a lot of our restoration projects. Once a project happens, we do some baseline monitoring before the project happens, then we do monitoring throughout the project, and we do monitoring post-project. The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority will continuously put efforts in, with their stakeholders and all their other partners, to continue monitoring the fish communities in the Toronto area, because we want to see an improvement in the health of our ecosystem.

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