The Ontario government, in partnership with Nipissing First Nation, is helping protect fish populations in Lake Nipissing by collecting data and conducting research in September and October.
Boaters should be aware that over the course of two weeks, standardized nets are set for 20 hours in randomly chosen locations. They can be identified by orange and white buoys labelled ‘MNRF’ and should be avoided.
Through this project, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Nipissing First Nation will collect important fish community information that will help manage the whole lake ecosystem, and particularly help in the recovery of the walleye population. Fish will be sampled for length, weight, sex, maturity, and age.
This fisheries survey supports the objectives outlined in the Lake Nipissing Fisheries Management Plan.
It is an offence under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to interfere with or tamper with gillnets set for commercial or scientific use.