Thunder Bay Project

Please enjoy the following:

The Damsa Chronicles 2006


The Damsa Chronicles 1
John Parks. Extended Summary and Overview. A summary of a project first proposed in 1988 to make better use of under utilized Crown resources and ended with removal of trout from study lakes in 2003. Overviews of fisheries developed and possible socio-economic benefits from proposed ecotourism undertakings. Project is unique in proposed public-private resource management/development: no net loss of resources to the public. .

The Damsa Chronicles 2
John Parks. In the Beginning. Brief background on origins of project, project goals, methods, history/chronology, preliminary results and photos.

The Damsa Chronicles 3
John Parks. Testing and Evaluating Some Exceptional Brook Trout Fisheries: How good are they really? Comments/pictures by Gord Ellis, Doug Melville, Bob Izumi - others. Comparisons with other fisheries in stocked lakes here around Thunder Bay, Lake Nipigon, elsewhere in Canada, and the USA.

The Damsa Chronicles 4
John Parks. New Technology Advances - How Are These Exceptional Fisheries Created? Size of fish, numbers of fish, longevity of fish, quality of fisheries, mercury implications for wildlife, ecological implications for the protection of genetics. Comparisons with other studies in North America.

The Damsa Chronicles 5
John Parks and Bill Lees. Socio-Economic Benefits From a Proposed Public-Private Partnership for Enhanced Brook Trout Fisheries in a Multi-Use Forest (1). Costs of creating fisheries versus revenues generated, including the upscale "North of Eden" fly fishing lodge as an example. Crown resources required. No net loss of resources to the public or other resource users. Benefits to the environment. Opportunities for improved stewardship.

The Damsa Chronicles 6
John Parks. Socio-Economic Benefits From a Proposed Public-Private Partnership for Enhanced Brook Trout Fisheries in a Multi-Use Forest (2): A Plea For Other Opportunities. Opportunities for improved resource management through the private sector. Tragedy of the Commons. Why isn't the government making these fisheries? Would these fisheries be available to the public? Some implications for resource management - L. Nipigon, coasters. It's much, much, much more than the fish. Company accomplishments.

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Background Articles

Background articles by local, well known writer Gord Ellis, of Thunder Bay, are found here:

Big Specs Don't Have Sex
The Chronicle-Journal/Times News, May 2, 1998

Test Tube Trophy Specs in Northwestern Ontario
Minnesota Outdoor News, May 1997

Public Lakes For Rent?
Ontario Out of Doors, March, 1993

"True Test" Faced by Triploid Trout
The Chronicle-Journal/Times News, August 1, 1992

Here's a Triploid Can of Worms
Angler and Hunter, October, 1990

Triploid Fish Offer Lunkers at a Price
The Chronicle-Journal/Times News, August 11, 1990

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What Some Experts Say About The Damsa Project

What some experts say about the Damsa Project

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Adobe PDF Presentations

Fishing The Way It Used To Be: AKA Vulnerability Of Trophy Trout To Angling In A Small Shield Lake

Remember in the old days when you used to go to a new brook trout lake and there were lots and lots of fish? This presentation (1,830KB) given at the American Fisheries Society Ontario Chapter Annual Meeting March 2005, shows how quickly one such lake can be fished down. Over half the brook trout (71 of 122) were caught in 10 rod hours. The ability of one person with a fishing rod to remove over half the trout in a lake in ten hours angling shows just how vulnerable brook trout are to angling.

Reducing The Risks of Mercury Poisoning of Ontario Wildlife From Brook Trout Stocking Programs

Brook trout stocking programs in Ontario are probably putting some wildlife at risk to mercury poisoning. This presentation (2,148KB) given at the 32 Annual Canadian Aquatic Toxicity Conference in Waterloo, Ontario, November 2005 explains why. Further, the technology developed by Damsa can help reduce these risks. The accompanying paper (136KB) is also included.

Brook Trout Heaven and Hell: Life in a Small Shield Lake Impacted by Beaver Dam Activity

Most stocked brook trout lakes in Ontario are impacted by beaver dams which can raise water levels by two metres or more. Such fluctuations can have positive or negative effects on brook trout habitat by influencing the dissolved oxygen concentrations and temperature regimes at periods critical to brook growth and survival. This presentation given at the 138 Annual American Fisheries Society meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, August, 2008, shows just how lethal these affects can be to brook trout in small Shield Lakes and offers some ideas on how to moderate these adverse conditions.

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Bob Izumi's Real Fishing Show: Thunder Bay Brookies

These downloads are courtesy of Bob Izumi's Real Fishing Show

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