The protection of fish habitat

Ambioterra began in 2009  a project to protect and restore fish habitat in the watersheds of the English and Trout Rivers (a sub-watershed of the Châteauguay River). This project primarily targeted fish species most sensitive to pollution, like the channel darter, in order to protect all species of fish and indicate the state of health of these watercourses. The means used by Ambioterra are voluntary conservation, conservation plans and raising awareness.

The channel darter and eastern sand darter are two small fish protected under the federal Species at Risk Act and the Edangered and Vulnerable Species Act in Quebec. The channel darter is found in the English River (recorded in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) and the Trout River (recorded in 2010 and 2011). The eastern sand darter was recently identified in the Trout River in the summers of 2010 and 2012.

The channel darter project: a species to protect! Ambioterra fills an urgent need for the protection of fish and for the survival of several species designated at risk by the governments of Canada and Quebec. These species include the channel darter, eastern sand darter, American eel, pink head, bridle shiner and stonecat.

Through these fish surveys, Ambioterra has been able to identify more than fifty species of fish in the English and Trout Rivers, including several species highly prized for sport fishing: smallmouth bass, brown trout, brook trout, walleye, etc. Moreover, the FRG protection project allows for the protection of several other species in the region.

Voluntary conservation … What is it?

Voluntary conservation expresses support for the protection of our natural heritage on private land by those who own it, who live there, or who benefit. Voluntary conservation is based, as its name suggests, on the initiative and commitment of an individual or a corporation. This voluntary commitment is to manage a property or part thereof so as to preserve nature and the unique native features, that is to say, those recognized to be of interest to the community. Everything is done in collaboration with various land users, government departments, non-governmental organizations and research institutions.

Special mandate for farmers
This project aims to raise awareness through individual meetings and workshops with agricultural producers in the Trout River watershed, teaching  the importance of good agro-environmental practices to maintain and improve the quality of river buffer zones and water. The degradation of water quality not only reduces its use for humans (drinking water, swimming, fishing, etc.), but also reduces the chances of recovery of endangered fish species living in the Trout River (the channel darter, eastern sand darter, pink head, American eel and stonecat).

 

English River watershed

Feuillet sur le fouille-roche gris dans le bassin versant de la rivière des Anglais

La conservation volontaire, c’est quoi? Feuillet sur la conservation volontaire dans le Bassin versant de la rivière des Anglais

 

Trout River watershed

Feuillet sur le FRG et le dard de sable dans le BV de la rivière Trout

La conservation volontaire, c’est quoi? Feuillet sur la CV dans le BV de la rivière Trout

 

Reports

Rapport projet protection FRG et dard de sable (décembre 2013)

Inventaire ichtyologique du FRG et du dard de sable (2013)

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