help save the nechako white sturgeon

Teams

The Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative is composed of two committees: the Technical Working Group and the Community Working Group.

Technical Working Group

The Recovery Team

The Technical Working Group (formerly called the Recovery Team) was formed in September 2000, and is the technical group, consisting of federal and provincial biologists as well as First Nations and industry experts. Each member has specific qualifications, including a working knowledge of white sturgeon biology, expertise in streamflow management/hydraulic engineering or experience in other animal recovery initiatives. Some members have a regulatory role with regard to the protection of fish and their habitats in the Nechako basin.

This team of scientists is responsible for coming up with the answers to why the white sturgeon is in decline, and then developing an effective plan to help restore the fish to a self-sustaining population. These strategies are based on the best-available science, local and traditional knowledge.

Technical Working Group Members

Cory Williamson – Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC & NWSRI Conservation Facility Development Manager (Chair)

Justus Benckhuysen - Rio Tinto

Christina Ciesielski - Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Simon Gauthier-Fauteux - UBC Master's Student, Dept. of Geography

Neil Heron - Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Mike Manky - Senior Fish Culturist, NWSRI Conservation Facility

Steve McAdam - BC Ministry of Environment

Martin Nantel - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Herbert Klassen - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Mark Potyrala - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Ray Pillipow – Fish & Wildlife Section Head, Prince George

Mike Ramsay - Fish & Wildlife Section Head, Williams Lake

Zsolt Sary – Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Ian Spendlow - Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Greg Andrusak - Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Brian Toth - Lheidli T'enneh/Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Lee Williston - Fisheries Biologist, Williams Lake

Jeff Beardsall - AEIM Technical Services

Michelle Roberge - Recovery Coordinator

 

Community Working Group

In April 2001, the Community Working Group (formerly called the Action Planning Group) was assembled.  Composed of about 20 individuals that represent First Nations, non-government environmental organizations, industry, local and regional governments and affected public, it was created to provide input from river stakeholders, and to act first and foremost as a public advocate for Nechako White Sturgeon and the Recovery Initiative.

The CWG provides an opportunity for key groups essential to the success of a recovery plan to become involved in the process.  The group focuses on increasing the public’s awareness and knowledge about the recovery process, as well as the ecological problems facing the Nechako white sturgeon.  It is also concerned with building and maintaining community support for the recovery plan.

Community Working Group Members

Wayne Salewski - Nechako Environment and Water Stewardship Society (NEWSS) (Chair)

Justus Benckhuysen - Rio Tinto

Christina Ciesielski - Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Brian Frenkel - Avison Management 

Darren Haskell - Tl’azt’en Nation Fisheries Coordinator

Neil Heron - Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Cora McIntosh - Saik'uz First Nation, Councilor

Troy Nelson - Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society

Lianne Olson - Rio Tinto Alcan

Ray Pillipow - Fish & Wildlife Section Head, Prince George

Greg Andrusak - Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Terry Robert - Fraser Basin Council

Guy Scharf - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Phil Taylor - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Kara Varley - Fisheries Technician & CNC Student

Jocelyn White - Fish & Wildlife biologist, McElhanney Consulting

Cory Williamson - Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC & NWSRI Conservation Facility Development Manager

June Wood - Federation of BC Naturalists/Nechako River Alliance

Michelle Roberge - Recovery Coordinator

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