2016 Fall Fish Rescue
Sunday, 2 October 2016 at 8:00 AM - Wednesday, 12 October 2016 at 4:00 PM (MDT)
For more than a decade, Trout Unlimited Canada has partnered with Alberta Environment and Parks to conduct an annual fall Fish Rescue to save fish from draining irrigation canals, with the help of our amazing volunteers and partners.
To date over 880,000 fish have been rescued and returned to their home waters!
This project is funded by Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP). This year, TUC is looking for volunteers to help with Fish Rescue efforts a three canals, as part of our annual Fish Rescue program: a one-day event at the Women's Coulee Diversion (WCD), a two-day event at the Carseland Bow River Headworks Canal (CBRHC), and a two-day effort at the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District Canal (LNID). The dates and details for these rescues are outlined below. Each rescue requires varying amounts of volunteer effort, and the total space for volunteers for each event reflects this. We limit the number of attendees for each event to ensure that those who are able to attend have a meaningful and safe experience.
Please keep the number of spaces you register for at a reasonable number, including only those who are fully committed to attending and partaking in the rescue for the chosen day. If you register and can no longer attend, please let us know so we can offer the opportunity to another volunteer.
WHERE/WHEN TO MEET:
Women's Coulee Diversion Canal, October 2nd. 08:00 - 16:00
Carseland Bow River Headworks Canal, October 8th - 9th. 08:00 - 16:00
Lethbridge Northern Irrigation Canal, October 11th and 12th. 08:00 - 16:00
WHAT TO BRING:
- Clothes for any and all weather conditions (rain gear, warm change of clothes, hat or toque, gloves, jacket
- Sturdy, comfortable boots or shoes
- Rubber boots, or shoes that you dont mind getting wet
- Waders or hip boots if possible (THAT DO NOT LEAK)
- Lunch and snacks for yourselves
- Water to drink (we will supply coffee, hot chocolate, juice boxes and a jug of water)
- Your own reusable mug and water bottle
- If you bring a dog, they must be on leash at all times
You may also want to bring
- Sun glasses
- Mittens or gloves (check the forecast)
WHAT TO EXPECT
During the day you will be a crucial part of the rescue, helping Trout Unlimited Canada staff and other volunteers to:
- Fill and carry buckets of water
- Help transport fish from the canal to the processing area
- Identify sportfish and non-sportfish
- Measure sportfish and larger non-sportfish
- Record data
- Transport fish to the holding tank
- Save fish!
The Fish Rescue draws a lot of great volunteers every year, for this reason we would ask that in the event you cannot make it to the rescue - please cancel your ticket as soon as possible so we can accommodate other volunteers who may be waiting for their chance to participate. If you have any questions or concerns about the Fish Rescue, feel free to contact Elliot Lindsay, Project Biologist at email@example.com.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
No, there is no age limit to attend the event. For community groups and other groups, please contact Elliot Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org for a photo release form which can be filled out by parent/guardians and brought to the event.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, you will not need your printed ticket at the event. You will need to sign in upon arrival for insurance/photo release purposes.
Will I be working in the water, in the canal?
If you can bring leak-free hip waders, you may be asked to assist with the collection activities in the canal.
When & Where
Trout Unlimited Canada
Trout Unlimited Canada is a registered Canadian not for profit organization. Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore Canada's freshwater ecosystems and their coldwater resources for current and future generations. All of the work Trout Unlimited Canada does is directed toward achieving this mission. Our work is guided by science and research and fueled by the unending passion of our volunteers and professional staff.
Our work includes stream restoration, scientific research and education. We have a small core group of highly trained staff and a network of volunteers across Canada operating through Trout Unlimited Canada volunteer chapters, from PEI to Vancouver Island.