During the fishing season Rodney collects direct, interview, set new log data from all the Section 35 Fishery, which includes set net, drift, dip and seine methods, and enters all the data to formulate the estimated weekly catches for reporting. Having an interest in working on the river brought Rodney to his current position, and finds enjoyment in being out on the river with the jet boat, helping whoever needs help, and teaching our monitors how to run the boats on the river.
Alicia has almost fifteen years working in the field of aquatic biology. This experience has ranged from fish and invertebrate stock and habitat assessments, to fish culture and lab sample processing for both freshwater and marine projects. Alicia has also worked on fisheries-related projects in small communities in Brazil, Cook Islands and on Vancouver Island.
Within the GWA, Alicia is the biologist and works as an advisor and project manager on stock assessment programs and research projects. Throughout her days, Alicia spreads her efforts across a number of tasks, including project development, and advising and reporting – a majority of which is on Skeena salmon stock and habitat assessments as well as monitoring research. Alicia has worked for over nearly 10 years on the Slamgeesh Salmon Program and has been successful in project management of a variety of other successful initiatives, which she proposed through the Pacific Salmon Commission Northern Fund, BC First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program and Fish Habitat Restoration Initiative, as well as collaborations with regional universities and government departments.
The opportunity for Alicia to work in the communities and beautiful wilderness that she grew up exploring is one of the primary reasons Alicia was drawn to this profession. To be able to work on all aspects of fisheries projects through to completion is appealing to her. She also enjoys sharing that information with the community so they can make better-informed decisions and the next generation can get excited about their connection to the land. Learning about Gitksan tradition has been very interesting for her experience.
Now as a Senior Fisheries Technician, his role is to supervise and run field crews for various fisheries research projects, run the water quality and quantity program, and manage and maintain field equipment. Day to day, Tim focuses his attention to running the salmon stock and habitat assessment program and the water Q&Q program, this includes writing technical reports for each of the programs he is involved in and organizing for the field season. Recent years, working on Fish Habitat Restoration Initiatives were his daily priority. With a great love of the outdoors, participating in fieldwork and learning new skills out in the field has drawn Tim to his position.
As the new Biologist, Ryan works as an advisor and project manager on stock assessment programs and research projects. This means that his major responsibilities include project development, management, advising, and reporting. These tasks are focused on Skeena River salmon stock assessments, population dynamics, and habitat monitoring. Ryan is the new project manager for the Slamgeesh Salmon Project where the focus is monitoring the sockeye and coho salmon populations of this important indicator population. For Ryan, working with the unique salmonid populations of the beautiful Skeena River Watershed was enough to have him move so far from home and join the GWA. He finds the best part of the job, to date, to be increasing his knowledge of the management of the Skeena River and its’ inhabitants.
Day to day work involves food fishery planning and communications, which are a high priority during the off-season, working to ensure that the Gitksan are well-informed and opinions are voiced and heard regarding the communal management of our food fish.
Gord’s current role is to produce maps for the GWA and SFC staff, as well as updating and maintaining Gitksan territory maps. In a typical day Gord will work on Hydroacoustic Mapping, Fish Passage and Culvert Assessment Mapping, Fish Habitat Assessment Plan Mapping, LNG Impact Mapping, Proposed Mining Impact Mapping, and Updating Gitksan Territory Maps. Gordon enjoys working with the ever-evolving technology, as GIS software is constantly changing and there are always new opportunities to learn. The best part about his job is knowing that he is doing his best to document the geographical history and land claims of the Gitksan people.
Aboriginal rights issues, governance, personnel matters, and other topics that arise. She is immensely grateful to the many Gitksan people who have taught her more than she ever learned in law school. Christine is also proud to serve on the Board of West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation.