Canadian Rivers Institute and J.D. Irving, Limited partner to use cutting edge thermal mapping technology to protect aquatic habitat - a first for New Brunswick



    SAINT JOHN, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - In an exciting new research project, J.D.
Irving, Limited (JDI) is working with the Canadian Rivers Institute to use
thermal imaging to better understand and protect aquatic habitat in the
province.
    Building from a successful 2008 pilot project, the CRI is using a thermal
sensing camera installed on a JDI helicopter to predict locations where cold
underground springs and unmapped brooks enter important Atlantic salmon and
Brook trout waters where they provide vital refuge areas when water
temperatures climb in the summer.
    Thermal Infrared (TIR) technology will be used to capture the locations,
temperatures and downstream influences of these cold water sources in the
Miramichi and Restigouche drainages (North Branch of the Main Southwest
Miramichi, Clearwater Brook, Burnt Hill Brook, Little Main Restigouche, Cains
River and Little Southwest Miramichi). The data collected will be analyzed and
converted to a Geographic Information System (GIS) map layer which will inform
and enable J.D. Irving, Limited foresters to protect these areas during forest
road building and harvesting activities.
    "This is an important new development that strengthens our collective
ability to understand the changes that occur in groundwater and the potential
impacts on fish in specific areas," says John Gilbert, company fish and
wildlife manager. "We are thrilled to partner with the Canadian Rivers
Institute to collect this valuable data that is the first of its kind in New
Brunswick."
    "JDI has a strong record in fish habitat protection and their ongoing
commitment enables us to improve our data and facilitate the research we are
doing in this area," says Dr. Allen Curry, Director of Canada Rivers
Institute. "This project marks the first time that TIR technology has been
used in New Brunswick to help us better understand and protect fish habitat in
the province and JDI has played an important part in making this happen."

    J.D. Irving, Limited's fisheries conservation efforts and support of
research programs has been recognized by the N. B. Salmon Council, Atlantic
Salmon Federation, Miramichi Salmon Association and the federal Department of
Fisheries and Oceans. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has recognized the
company's significant donation of land to protect the last untouched coastal
estuary along the north-eastern seaboard at Musquash, New Brunswick.

    PHOTOS and VIDEO FOOTAGE are available, please contact Geoff Britt, J.D.
Irving, Limited, (506) 648-2609.




For further information:

For further information: Geoff Britt, J.D. Irving, Limited, (506)
648-2609; Dr. Wendy Monk, Canadian Rivers Institute - Fredericton, N.B., (506)
453-5151

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