We use aeration as a fisheries management technique to provide Albertans with recreational angling opportunities in areas of the province where such opportunities are otherwise limited. Aerated waterbodies are typically shallow, eutrophic, experience prolonged ice cover, and are prone to summer and winter fish kills. We use aeration to maintain dissolved oxygen levels above 3 mg/L to promote year-round survival of stocked trout. In 2014/15, we aerated 16 waterbodies across Alberta, all of which successfully overwintered trout through most of the winter. However, Fiesta Lake experienced a winterkill in early spring 2014. We identified and continued to develop potential aeration opportunities, including installing aeration equipment on an additional waterbody (Radway Pond). Further, we established and maintained financial and in-kind partnerships for existing and new aeration projects.
Access Pipelines, Alberta Culture and Tourism, Alberta Environment and Parks, Clear Hills County, County of Parkland, Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd., Edson Forest Products, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Fisheries Enhancement Society of Alberta, Municipal District of Greenview No. 16, Northern Sunrise County, Peace Country Fly Fishers, Spring Lake Campground, Trout Unlimited Canada – Yellowhead Chapter, Village of Spring Lake
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