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Saskatchewan monitors fish populations to detect changes from harvest, environmental conditions and stocking.
To assess a fishery in the province, researchers capture important fish species and count and measure them for length, weight, sex and approximate age. Results provide information on the condition of fish, age, reproductive success, catchable size, recruitment, growth and survival.
The Fisheries Management Plan helps us manage our fisheries resource in a way that maintains the traditional and cultural activities we enjoy, while ensuring sustainable economic benefits for everyone in the province.
By participating in this voluntary survey, anglers can help fisheries biologists manage the stocked trout fishery in Saskatchewan. Anglers submit information for each day fished on a stocked trout waterbody, using either:
For complete instructions, refer to the Saskatchewan Stocked Trout Angler Survey User Guide.
Fish stocking is a management tool that helps us manage or change fish populations.
Many factors affect the success of fish stocking, including:
Stocking cannot sustain a fishery above the productive capability of the lake or the species.
The size of fish stocked in Saskatchewan typically includes:
Each year, the Saskatchewan Fish Hatchery stocks millions of fish throughout the province, with the majority of fish being native species such as walleye.
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