The Nova Scotia River Watch Program is a province wide volunteer oriented initiative. The Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada will organize, promote and run the program on behalf of the Province’s Inland Fisheries Advisory Committee. The program has been designed to educate participants in the importance of our habitat and fisheries resources in addition to the proper observation, recording and reporting of violations affecting these resources. River Watch focuses on activities of the entire watershed including lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, riparian zones and estuaries.River Watch Fisheries Monitors are not assigned to a specific area. They observe watershed activities all across the province. Participants assume a non-confrontational approach to all situations and are not intended to serve as a replacement for professional fisheries enforcement. They act as a communication link between government and the general public, and help government carry out the mandate to protect aquatic habitat and promote the sportfishing industry.
Video of the River Watch Program
This community-based volunteer program stresses the relationship between the community and the watershed. It identifies positive and negative activities impacting the watershed, habitat issues and the use and mis-use of fisheries resources. River Watch encourages anglers, landowners, industry and all other stakeholders to join in the protection of fish, fish habitat and the environment.
River associations, angling and environmental groups across the province act as host groups for the program, recruit volunteers and hold one day training sessions for the participants. Each participant attends this one day training session which focuses on the proper observing, recording and reporting of violations, habitat issues, communication, the link between the community and the watershed and the education of others. Each participant is provided with a River Watch manual, hat, crest, log book and public relations cards. A River Watch newsletter is now available.
River Watch is intended to be completely self-sustained and run by the volunteers themselves. It is the hope of the River Watch program that through education, communications, and an increased number of volunteers in the field, that the users and abusers of our natural resources will gain a greater appreciation of their vulnerability and learn to treat them with respect and discretion. Funding for River Watch is from the Canada/Nova Scotia Cooperation Agreement on Economic Diversification and Trout Unlimited Canada. To find out more about the program or to join River Watch contact:
Bill Curry, River Watch Coordinator
Tusket River Chapter Trout Unlimited Canada
3455 Highway 1, Port Maitland
Nova Scotia, Canada
Phone: (902) 649-2428