Tlicho Aquatic Ecosystem Monitoring Program (TAEMP) - Behchoko 2015

The TAEMP methodology includes: i) Introductory Workshop - in August 2015 a one-day workshop was held with elders and community members from Behchoko to discuss the TAEMP, focusing on what occurred at the 2011 camp and what needed to occur at the 2015 camp. ii) Preparatory Workshop - in early September 2015, a second workshop provided a forum for community members and support staff to discuss final logistics for the on-the-land "fish camp." iii) "Fish Camp" - in September 2015 a five-day out-on-the land camp provided an opportunity for researchers and community members to work collaboratively to combine Tlicho knowledge with scientific fish-monitoring methods. Fish tissue samples were collected from the fish species regularly consumed by Behchoko residents under the guidelines established by Environment Canada for sampling for metals on Great Slave Lake and the Golder technical protocol: Fish Health Assessment-Metals. All fish captured were identified to species, measured (fork length to the nearest millimeter), and weighed (grams). Additional data collected included: gender, stage of maturity, gonad weight, and general descriptions of the contents of the stomach and the location of parasites. Fish samples collected included otoliths for aging, and tissue samples for metals analysis. Water quality indicators included standard physical and chemical parameters, such as: temperature, pH, conductivity, clarity, turbidity, Total Suspended Solids (TSS), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), alkalinity, dissolved Oxygen, major nutrients, ions and trace metals. These parameters are comparable to AANDC Water Resources datasets for Frank Channel of Great Slave Lake (the closest water quality monitoring station). Water sampling followed appropriate QA/QC procedures and sediment sampling used methods outlined in the Metal Mining Guidance Document for Aquatic Effects Monitoring and analyzed for standard physical and chemical properties as well as trace metals. Lake sediments were sampled using an Ekman grab sampler. iv) Results workshop - in April 2016 results of the "fish camp" were presented in Behchoko to camp participants and interested community members at a community meeting open to the public.

Metadata Access
Creator Tracz, Boyan; Vecsei, Paul; Dion, Nicole; Goose, Erin; Judas, Roberta; Richardson, Sean; Schnurr, Meghan
Publisher Canadian Cryospheric Information Network
Contributor Polar Data Catalogue
Publication Year 2017
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Contact btracz(at); pdc(at)
Language English
Format Computer file
Discipline Environmental Research
Spatial Coverage (-116.146W, 63.029S, -115.687E, 63.277N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2015-09-14T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2015-09-18T00:00:00Z