Wednesday, 06 April 2022 17:10

Are Big Walleye at Risk?

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Are Big Walleye at Risk? Michael Short, Let's Go Outdoors

A unique study was carried out last year that involved a mark-recapture study of walleye in Jack Fish Lake, Alberta. The objective was to estimate the vulnerability of different size classes of walleye to capture by angling and using index netting. Three highly-skilled anglers provided the most mark-recapture data in a collaborative citizen science project.

The anglers were members of the Trout Unlimited Canada Chapter Northern Lights Fly Fishers. Alberta Conservation Association has contributed resources for this study. During this project, these anglers caught 1,206 walleye, marked 837 walleye, and recaptured 199 walleye. In this video, I talk with the lead scientist Dr. Michael Sullivan.

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