Category Archives: French River

Fishery Rehabilitation on the French River

Spawning Bed Cleaning

2013 FWIN Netting Report
by Jim Rook, French River Stewardship Council:

During the late 1980’s it became apparent that the French River walleye fishery was in decline.  It was noted by recreational anglers as well as the local tourist lodges whose economic viability was threatened by the walleye decline.

In response to the declining fishery a French River Fishery Cooperative was created led by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) as well as interested tourist operators, and members of our local French River community.

Scientific studies based upon the Fall Walleye Index Netting Protocol (FWIN) were initiated.  The FWIN program is designed to measure the relative abundance, size and age distribution, mortality, growth rates and conditions of a walleye population. Continue reading

Okikendawt Hydroelectric Project – French River

Okikendawt Hydroelectric Project is a 10 MW Installed Capacity waterpower project at the Portage Dam on the French River.  A partnership was formed between Dokis First Nation and Hydromega to build and operate this project, which is currently under construction.

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