For anyone who knows Bessborough educator, Tyler Daley, knows he is crazy about the outdoors, wildlife, and conservation. He spends much of his free time on the river or in the woods, whether it be hunting, fishing, or simply getting away from the hustle and bustle of real life. “It’s my happy place and where I feel most at home”, says Tyler.
This month Tyler takes on the project of working with the Miramichi Salmon Association in South Esk, NB, as a conservation field technician; to help protect and conserve the declining wild salmon populations in the Miramichi river system.
Since 1953, the MSA works tirelessly year round to conserve and enhance the Atlantic salmon in its rivers, through habitat restoration, the stocking of wild salmon from their hatchery, watercourse alterations, tagging and tracking of wild salmon, electrofishing, and numerous other methods which are all not for profit and with one goal which is to regain healthy returns of salmon to the Miramichi watershed.
Tyler’s job as a technician will last until the snow flies, and he will be traveling the length of the Miramichi watershed which stretches roughly West to East and splits our province from Juniper, NB to its out flow in Miramichi Bay, along with its many tributaries. He will be assisting biologists with a few different tasks: watercourse alterations and beaver dam removal for dams that inhibit the passage of salmon to their spawning areas, brood stock collection, which is the temporary collection of adult salmon to have them lay their eggs at the hatchery to produce offspring for stocking, and then the stocking of these young hatchery offspring.
Tyler will be documenting his experience with the MSA and bringing it back to Wee College to show the kids where and what he has been doing and why it is so important for our young generation to practice conservation and to take care of our ever so valuable and declining resources. We fully support Tyler and this project he is involved in as he sets a fine example for the youth he teaches at Wee College Bessborough.