The Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada is an incorporated non-profit Society under the Societies Act in the Province of Nova Scotia whose chief goals are:
• Environmental Education
• Stream Enhancement and Habitat Restoration
• Promoting ethical and sustainable sport fishing
• Monitor/evaluate stream impacting activity
• Mapping stream characteristics
• Promoting recreational use of our watersheds
Environmental Education -
The Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited has as a major objective the education of all, particularly the youth of the Tri-County region, in the area of environmental stewardship and improvement. Habitat for trout and other coldwater species will only remain and improve if all understand the fragility of the resource, and the responsibility we have for our waters. To this end the Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will focus on its partnership with the Tri-County Regional School Board and its environmental education efforts.
Activities such as environment club assistance, Science Fair participation and hands on stream improvement fall under this mandate.
Stream Enhancement and Habitat Restoration-
The Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited works to improve and enhance stream habitat and is active in promoting any effort to ameliorate habitat loss. We will have established Environment Club handbooks to help highlight how youth in our schools may become active in this effort, and will assist in the development of activities to make our trout habitat better.
Promoting Ethical and Sustainable sport fishing-
The Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited promotes and champions the ethical and ecological use of our resource. Ecological sport fishing was Coined by Ulf Pierrou of Sweden who wrote:
“Ecological fishing is fishing that in its whole practice – fishing techniques, fishing tactics, fly patterns, ethics, etc – is built on nature’s prerequisites and which respects ecological fundamentals.”
The Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited holds to these values and will encourage the use of the resource along these lines. Sustainability is also a key concept which the The Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will actively seek to ensure. The Chapter has future plans to bring the “Learn 2 Fish” program of the Province to the school system in our area.
Monitor/Evaluate stream impacting activity-
The Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be promoting, encouraging and instructing people on how to monitor and evaluate activities which impact on our waterways. The Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will, for example, instruct school environment clubs how to take temperature and pH readings, and will work to ensure that activities such as the Broad Brook development in Yarmouth are actively monitored.
The Chapter is also the Provincial coordinating organization for the Provincial River Watch Program which assists in fulfilling this mandate as well.
Mapping stream characteristics-
The Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will work with school groups and TREPA to create maps such as Green Maps and ARC View created maps which will show the state of our waterways in regards to things like pH values, temperature changes over time and even hatches and insect populations along with recording trout and coldwater population information. The illegal “stocking” of chain pickerel and smallmouth bass, for example, are an area of interest we intend to map to visually show the damage wrought by such activities.
Promoting recreational use of our watersheds-
The Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will also work to promote the recreational use of our watersheds in a manner which is compatible with our other goals. We firmly believe that those who experience nature are more likely to care about it, and so we will actively encourage activities meant to introduce people to the environment and the care it requires.