Reel conservation: Ducks Unlimited Canada's work on fisheries continues as Rivers to Oceans week draws to a close

OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, MB, June 14, 2016 /CNW/ - From coast to coast, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is engaged in research and on-the-ground work that is helping conserve wetlands for waterfowl, for wildlife, and for you.

Did you know this work also includes fisheries?

Through partnerships with conservation agencies, private landowners, industry, provincial and federal governments, DUC scientists and conservation specialists are improving conditions for native fish.

This work includes managing invasive species that threaten habitat, building innovative fishways that provide access to spawning grounds and helping restore degraded wetlands.

These measures are rooted in science and a keen awareness of the important role native fish species play in maintaining healthy and functioning ecosystems.

"We at DUC work to ensure that coastal and riverine wetlands continue to provide important habitat for many fish species. These fish in turn are a vital food resource for many wetland animals, and also contribute to important commercial and recreational fisheries," says DUC research scientist Dale Wrubleski.

And so, at the tail end of Rivers to Oceans Week, we're sharing fishy stories, stunning images, interactive multimedia, and captivating video that highlight how science, innovation, and partnerships allow us to safeguard important habitat for Canada's native fish species.

Catch all the content at our Fisheries Centre and release it to your readers. They'll thank you for it. So will the fish.

SOURCE DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA

Video with caption: "Video: It’s time to save our wetlands". Video available at: https://youtu.be/GcLSBIOO0Cs

Image with caption: "Catching alewife near Amherst, N.S. Weak swimming migratory fish, like alewife and rainbow smelts, are micro-chipped and tracked to learn how they use fish ladders to move upstream. Photo credit: (c)Sean Landsman Photography (CNW Group/DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160614_C2048_PHOTO_EN_712894.jpg

Image with caption: "Rainbow smelt migrate through the Pisquid River on Prince Edward Island. (CNW Group/DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160614_C2048_PHOTO_EN_711362.jpg

For further information: Julielee Stitt, Communications Coordinator, Ducks Unlimited Canada, 1 Mallard Bay, Stonewall, MB R0C 2Z0, j_stitt@ducks.ca, 204-467-3270

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