Saugeen Ojibway Nation talks about the fishery around the Bruce Peninsula

Here’s a link to the CFOS radio Open Line broadcast from Nov 26/18 starring Nawash Chief Greg Nadjiwon, SON Energy Manager Kathleen Ryan, and Nawash Fisheries Biologist Ryan Lauzon. They asked callers ‘What have you noticed about the fishery?’ (URL:

SON Energy Manager Kathleen Ryan, Nawash Chief Greg Nadjiwon, Nawash Fisheries Biologist Ryan Lauzon talk about the fishery.

Here’s what we told the media before the show …

Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) fishermen and biologists are noticing what appear to be profound changes (some perhaps due to climate change) in the nature of the fishery around their traditional territories. For example, yellow perch seem to be increasing in number and in all age classes. Whitefish – the staple of our commercial fishery – have adapted to changes in food availability by feeding on invasive zebra and quagga mussels.

Kathleen Ryan is the Energy Manager for the Saugeen Ojibway Nation Environment Office. She is the lead on our dealings with Hydro One, Bruce Nuclear and Ontario Power Generation. But she is also a fisheries biologist.

She says, “SON will be starting a Shoreline Monitoring Project in the next few months, to investigate some of these changes and to lay down a baseline of information regarding the state of the fishery in our territorial waters. Our fishermen have been telling us what they’re seeing and it concerns us.”

“We share the waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay with many other users,” says Chief Nadjiwon. “Our priority is naturally the health of our court-recognized commercial fishery. But we are concerned with the overall health of the fishery. And that means having a conversation with other users. We feel the best way to start that is by coming on the Open Line and sharing what we know with listeners.”

During the show, the questions from callers were thoughtful and respectful (even the guy who doesn’t like SON nets in Colpoy’s Bay). It’s worth the 48 minutes it’ll take you to listen.


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