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North-Central Native Trout Recovery

AEP Fisheries Management thanks everyone who participated in the North Central Native Trout Recovery Program public survey. We received excellent feedback from more than a thousand anglers and outdoor enthusiasts across Alberta on the proposed recreational fisheries management objectives and regulation changes to support native trout recovery. AEP is in the process of summarizing all of the results of this survey and determining final regulation changes for April 1, 2018.

The survey results show that Albertans have a wide range of opinions relating to the proposed regulation changes in the South Ram River. It is clear that further consultation is required for AEP Fisheries Management to better understand the needs and desires of anglers for the introduced (i.e., stocked -naturalized) cutthroat trout fishery in this watershed.

The purpose of this survey is to ask, "What are your preferred Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives for the cutthroat trout populations in the Ram River watershed?"

NOTE: The closing date of the Ram River Public Survey has been extended to November 30th, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.

AEP Fisheries Management thanks everyone who participated in the North Central Native Trout Recovery Program public survey. We received excellent feedback from more than a thousand anglers and outdoor enthusiasts across Alberta on the proposed recreational fisheries management objectives and regulation changes to support native trout recovery. AEP is in the process of summarizing all of the results of this survey and determining final regulation changes for April 1, 2018.

The survey results show that Albertans have a wide range of opinions relating to the proposed regulation changes in the South Ram River. It is clear that further consultation is required for AEP Fisheries Management to better understand the needs and desires of anglers for the introduced (i.e., stocked -naturalized) cutthroat trout fishery in this watershed.

The purpose of this survey is to ask, "What are your preferred Recreational Fisheries Management Objectives for the cutthroat trout populations in the Ram River watershed?"

NOTE: The closing date of the Ram River Public Survey has been extended to November 30th, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Ram River Public Survey

    This survey asks Albertans to select their preferred Recreational Fisheries Management Objective for three cutthroat trout zones in the Ram River watershed. Applying the same RFMO and regulations across the entirety of a zone makes biological sense, because fish move freely within these areas throughout the year, depending on life stage, habitat requirements and need for refuge during floods or periods of low water. Consistent management in a zone ensures that the population-level recreational fisheries management objective is met.

    1. Zone 1: All tributaries and main-stem river above Ram Falls
    2. Zone 2: All tributaries and main-stem river betweenContinue reading

    This survey asks Albertans to select their preferred Recreational Fisheries Management Objective for three cutthroat trout zones in the Ram River watershed. Applying the same RFMO and regulations across the entirety of a zone makes biological sense, because fish move freely within these areas throughout the year, depending on life stage, habitat requirements and need for refuge during floods or periods of low water. Consistent management in a zone ensures that the population-level recreational fisheries management objective is met.

    1. Zone 1: All tributaries and main-stem river above Ram Falls
    2. Zone 2: All tributaries and main-stem river between Ram Falls and the lowest set of falls (SE-11-38-12-W5), including the North Ram River and its tributaries
    3. Zone 3: Fall Creek and tributaries above the waterfall (11-31-37-11-W5)

    Consultation for cutthroat trout in Zone 4, which includes the lowest portion the Ram River watershed, has been deferred until the results from the previous North Central Native Trout Recovery Program survey are summarized. If the majority of the voting public agree with a five-year fishing closure to support bull trout recovery, then consultation on the cutthroat recreational fisheries management objective in this zone will be deferred until the bull trout population has achieved its recovery target or the fishing closure is lifted. Alternatively, if the majority of the voting public do not agree with a five-year fishing closure to support bull trout recovery, then consultation on the cutthroat Recreational Fisheries Management Objective in this zone will occur before there are any changes to the current sportfishing regulations as outlined in the 2017 Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations.

    For maps showing 2017 sportfishing regulations in the Ram River watershed and future regulation zones, please see:


    NOTE: The closing date of the Ram River Public Survey has been extended to November 30th, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.

    Personal Information Collection and use Notification

    The opinions you provide in this survey to Alberta Environment & Parks (AEP) is collected under the authorization of the Fisheries (Alberta) Act and Section 8 (1) (2) of the Government Organization, and is being managed in accordance with Part 2 of the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act. Submission of this information is strictly voluntary and the opinions being collected will be used by AEP to engage and provide information on policies, plans, programs and services pertaining to Alberta’s fisheries and specifically the North Central Native Trout recovery program. The email addresses collected may be used to inform respondents through email of future surveys. By participating in this survey you are giving Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) your permission to use your opinions and comments for input into this directive and the results of the survey will be anonymized and summarized on AEP website.

    The personal information provided, will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose without your consent by Alberta Environment and Parks. Should have any further questions or concerns, please contact:

    John Tchir Resource Manager, Alberta Environment and Parks
    2nd fl. Provincial building, 4919 - 51 Street
    Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1B3

    Tel: 403 845-8353
    Email: john.tchir@gov.ab.ca

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    North Central Native Trout - Proposed Angling Closures

    Thank you for your interest in recreational fisheries management in Alberta. We appreciate the feedback you have provided. This survey is now closed, but stay tuned for future fisheries engagements, scheduled to take place later this year.

    We are now reviewing survey results to determine the level of support for fishing closures as a recovery action for North Central Native Trout.

    Thank you for your interest in recreational fisheries management in Alberta. We appreciate the feedback you have provided. This survey is now closed, but stay tuned for future fisheries engagements, scheduled to take place later this year.

    We are now reviewing survey results to determine the level of support for fishing closures as a recovery action for North Central Native Trout.

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