Mackenzie Delta: Partnership signed to protect char

Northern News Services – John Carmichael watched intently as representatives from the federal government, the Gwichin and the Inuvialuit passed around official papers calling for the conservation of char in the Mackenzie Delta. He knew their signatures meant theyd listened to him.┬áCarmichael, an Aklavik elder, began monitoring Dolly Varden char around the community 16 years ago and was one of the first fishermen to alert officials when he noticed the fish were dwindling. Dolly Varden char stocks have been decreasing significantly around Aklavik and Fort McPherson for the past 30 years. Last week the Gwich’in, Inuvialuit and federal government heeded residents’ advice and officially took a step to protect the fish by signing an integrated fisheries management plan in front of an audience of about 30 people in Aklavik Nov. 3.

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