Upcoming Events:

Atlantic Whitefish Day Event Information

When: Saturday October 2, 2021 

Event is weather-dependent.  Please check back for any updates closer to the event, or register for the event mailing list.

Where: Petite Riviere Fire Department, 18 Petite Riviere Rd. 

 

10:30 am- 12:00 pm- OPENING

Opening talks by Coastal Action, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, and Clean Annapolis River Project

Learn the basics about Atlantic Whitefish, the threats they face, and the ongoing efforts to protect them. 

  • Pre-registration required. Maximum 25 registrants. Use link above. 

  • Free

  • Outdoors, weather permitting- please dress accordingly

12:00-1:00 pm- LUNCH

Taste test recipes prepared using invasive fish species, including Chain Pickerel and Smallmouth Bass. Hotdogs and burgers will also be available. 

  • No registration required

  • Free

  • Outdoors

12:00-3:00 pm- EXPLORE

Explore a variety of displays and activities by organizations doing work related to the Atlantic Whitefish. Participants are free to roam between activities as they please. 

Partner organizations will include:

  • Coastal Action- learn about Coastal's ongoing Atlantic Whitefish program

  • Nova Scotia Invasive Species Council- learn about invasive species, including the aquatic species contributing to the decline of the Atlantic Whitefish

  • Clean Annapolis River Project- try critter dipping and learn about benthic invertebrates

  • Nova Scotia Salmon Association- check out the equipment used for environmental DNA sampling and water quality monitoring

  • Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute- learn about the results of their angler survey project

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada- learn about federal programs related to species at risk recovery

  • Atlantic Whitefish Art Contest Galley- check out the work of local students from petite Riviere Elementary School. To be set up in the Fire Hall

  • More to be announced

  • No registration required

  • Free

  • Outdoors

  • A sign-in child-minding station will be available for youth 10 years or younger. Parents can drop off their kids while they spend some time exploring displays or participating in a talk. We will have activities and games for the kids. 

Speaker Series

Guest presentations will be scheduled every half hour at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, and 3:00 pm. We are still working to set speaker times, but guests will include:

  • Nova Scotia Invasive Species Council, Kristen Noel

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Jeremy Broome, Aquatic Science Biologist

  • Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, Thomas Sweeney

  • Nova Scotia Salmon Association, Amy Weston & Fielding Montgomery

More presentation details to be announced!

This event has been made possible with the financial support of Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Habitat Stewardship Program for Aquatic Species at Risk.

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