BC recreational fisheries: exploring potential for development of kokanee program

The project is designed with the following objectives: Improving the statistical formulation for the recently developed stock assessment model for BC lakes so that it maybe fitted to more types of field data, e.g., stocking, gillnet test fishing and angling effort data, and applying it toimprove understanding of kokanee-rainbow trout interactions in lakes,  assembling lake characteristics informationand quantifying the biological potential for kokanee production in BC stocked lakes, analysing creel informationand angler effort data to explore angler preferences across BC for targeted species,  combining analysis o fbiological potential and angler preferences and stocking cost-benefit to quantify growth potential of recreational fisheries for kokanee in stocked lakes of BC,  integrating kokanee dynamics into landscape-wide optimization ofstocking programs and angling regulations for BC small lakes recreational fisheries. Over the past several decades, considerable research has been done on rainbow trout trade-offs between growth andsurvival (Biro et al. 2003; Biro et al. 2006; Askey et al. 2007), fish vulnerability to anglers (Cox and Walters 2002; Askeyet al. 2006), angler preferences (Parkinson et al. 2004; Webb 2006; Post et al. 2008; Williston 2008). This information has been used to optimize stocking densities required to maximize recreational fishing (Askey 2013).

Divya Alice Varkey
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Murdoch McAllister
Project Year: 
British Columbia