The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC) and NSERC have partnered on Collaborative Research and Development grants, Industrial Post Graduate scholarships, and Industrial R&D fellowships.

Fisheries and Environmental Stewardship Summer Program

The FFSBC, Rio Tinto Alcan, and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations have formalized an agreement to support a Fisheries and Environmental Stewardship Summer Program.

The program will fund two summer-student positions in the Prince George area. These students will be tasked with enhancing awareness of fisheries and environmental resources in the region with a focus on the Nechako watershed. Program activities will include:

  • Working directly with the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative to support research and education activities, including organizing school field trips focused on sturgeon.
  • Assisting the FFSBC and the Ministry in the identification, development and assessment of community and family fishing opportunities.
  • Assisting the FFSBC and its partners with a major freshwater sport fishing research program aimed at improving the performance of fisheries in the region through the collection of angler and biological data.

“These summer students will serve as ambassadors for our fisheries and conservation programs,” said Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson. “I can think of no better way to educate youngsters about the value of our fisheries.”

“A successful business strategy includes investing in the development of the communities where we live and work,” said Paul Henning, Vice President of Rio Tinto Alcan’s B.C. Operations. “By helping communities in this way they become more vibrant, successful, safe and sustainable.”

In addition to their duties educating local youngsters about local fisheries and promoting local fishing opportunities, the summer students will get hands-on experience supporting local fisheries research.

“We all have a stake in protecting and enhancing our fisheries resources,” notes FFSBC President Don Peterson. “This partnership between FFSBC, the provincial government and RTA will allow us to harness the energy and skills of two enthusiastic young people to promote fisheries awareness and conservation in this region.”