Special Areas is excited to welcome staff from Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) to Blood Indian Reservoir this month.
The team from AEP, led by Craig Copeland, Fish Culture Manager, will be completing fieldwork at Blood Indian and will be completing a netting and seining program over two eight-day sessions throughout July.
“We are happy to have the opportunity to work with Special Areas at Blood Indian this summer to better understand the impacts Prussian Carp have had on the reservoir,” said Copeland.
The team will be working to remove as many Prussian Carp as possible, while also evaluating the growth and survival of the trout species stocked by AEP into the waterbody.
Visitors may notice the team out on the waterbody as they complete their work, and fishers are advised to watch for seine nets set up along the shoreline.
The group will be comparing netting data to previous net sets carried out in prior seasons.
Beyond gill nets, the team will be using fyke and seine nets in their work.
These types of nets are designed to not catch any trout caught during the netting.
Once caught, trout will be measured and released, and any Carp captured will be removed from the waterbody.
“We have been closely working with AEP staff for many years to try to understand what the Carp means for Blood Indian,” said Special Areas parks supervisor John Armstrong.
“Having Craig’s team out here this summer is a great opportunity to get a fuller picture of the negative impacts Carp are having.”
Blood Indian Reservoir is one of many water bodies throughout the province which is stocked through the Alberta Provincial Stocking program.
This program supplies approximately 240 waterbodies with hatchery-reared trout to provide recreational angling opportunities, reduce angling pressure on natural fish populations, and maintain or enhance fish populations.
There are four species of trout stocked at Blood Indian: Rainbow, Brook, Brown and Tiger.
Tiger trout, a sterile hybrid species created using Brown Trout eggs and Brook Trout milt, was added to the other three trout species a few years ago.
In 2020, 69,000 Rainbow Trout and 7500 Brown Trout have been stocked at Blood Indian.