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Peel River Fish Harvest

Peel River Fish Harvest

What is happening?

  • This graph shows the reported fish harvest for Fort McPherson, NWT, recorded for 1996-1998 by the Gwich'in Harvest Survey. Most of the fish harvested by Fort McPherson residents are taken from the Peel River system. Whitefish, by far, form the largest component of the fish harvest.

Why is it important?

  • Because fish harvest levels are expected to reflect the different abundance of fish, harvest data can be used to track changes in fish population numbers that may be associated with environmental change. Monitoring harvest levels is also important to the sustainable management of fisheries resources.

Technical Notes

  • Fish names differ from region to region. The names listed in this graph (Whitefish, Crooked back, Char and Jackfish) are also know as Broad Whitefish, Lake Whitefish, Dolly Varden Char, and Northern Pike.
  • Information obtained Gwich'in Harvest Survey is gathered through interviews of Gwich'in harvesters in Fort McPherson, Aklavik, Inuvik and Tsiigehtchic.