This two-day experiential biology tour on the Fraser River introduces participants to white sturgeon biology and conservation, offering an opportunity to participate in an active sturgeon research project. Guests will catch and tag Upper Fraser white sturgeon under the guidance of fishery biologists and a local First Nations fisheries technician. This special and unique tour allows guests to be part of an exclusive opportunity that is otherwise unavailable to the public. The tour also incorporates a trip through the historical Grand Canyon of the Fraser. Participants will travel via jet boat to locations on the Upper Fraser River to learn about the following:
• Setline techniques
• Angling techniques
• Basics of radio tagging and telemetry
• Basics of PIT tagging
• Basics of FLOY tagging
• Sturgeon capture and handling
• White sturgeon determination of sex and sexual maturity
• Determining white sturgeon age
- Transportation, lunch and refreshments
- Program instruction and hands-on demonstration
- Thursday and Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
Our guides are experts in their field with a strong fisheries background and expertise in navigating a jet boat. Our local first nations band, Lheidli Tenneh, will have one of their fisheries technicians accompany us for the duration of the program and share their knowledge and expertise throughout.
Who should take this tour?
Professionals in biology, fisheries and environmental sciences who are looking for practical, hands-on continuing education, or those individuals with an interest or curiosity about white sturgeon and would like to be a part of an active experiential research project.
This tour is being delivered in conjunction with the Lheidli T’enneh Fisheries program and will include a fisheries technician from their staff who will share their perspective on the conservation of the region’s white sturgeon.
This trip takes place during May in an interior rainforest of B.C. so rain can be expected. The average temperatures for the month are highs of 22 °C and lows of 12 °C but it can feel colder while boating on the river.
Equipment & Clothing
Suggested clothing - Most of the tour will take place on a jet boat and in an interior rainforest, so the likelihood of rain is high. A good warm rain jacket with hat is recommended. Waders or rubber boots are suggested. If you do not have waders we will loan you a pair for the two days
Payment of a deposit of $250.00 person is necessary in order to secure a reservation. Reservations must be made one month prior to the trip and full payment must be received two weeks prior to the trip dates. Once you make a reservation, we will contact you to go over the pre-trip planning procedures payment.
Cancellation and Policy
All deposits are non-refundable and no refunds of full amount one month prior to the program date.