Teams

The Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative is composed of two committees: the Technical Working Group and the Community Working Group.

Technical Working Group

The Recovery Team

The Technical Working Group (formerly called the Recovery Team) was formed in September 2000, and is the technical group, consisting of federal and provincial biologists as well as First Nations and industry experts. Each member has specific qualifications, including a working knowledge of white sturgeon biology, expertise in streamflow management/hydraulic engineering or experience in other animal recovery initiatives. Some members have a regulatory role with regard to the protection of fish and their habitats in the Nechako basin.

This team of scientists is responsible for coming up with the answers to why the white sturgeon is in decline, and then developing an effective plan to help restore the fish to a self-sustaining population. These strategies are based on the best-available science, local and traditional knowledge.

Technical Working Group Members

Trevor Rhodes - Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Victoria (Chair)

Steve McAdam - BC Ministry of Environment 

Andy Lecuyer - Rio Tinto

Christina Ciesielski - Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Mike Manky - NWS Conservation Center Manager

Erin Gertzen - Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Species At Risk Program

Ahdia Hassan - Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Species At Risk Program

Cory Williamson – Consultant

Cale Babey - UNBC Master’s Student, Sturgeon Predation

Nikolaus Gantner – Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Mike Ramsay - Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Williams Lake

Zsolt Sary – Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Ian Spendlow - Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Trevor Davies - Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Victoria

Greg Andrusak - Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Brian Toth - Lheidli T'enneh/Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Lee Williston - Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Williams Lake

Lynn Avis - Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Williams Lake

Jeff Beardsall - AEIM Technical Services

Community Working Group

In April 2001, the Community Working Group (formerly called the Action Planning Group) was assembled.  Composed of about 20 individuals that represent First Nations, non-government environmental organizations, industry, local and regional governments and affected public, it was created to provide input from river stakeholders, and to act first and foremost as a public advocate for Nechako White Sturgeon and the Recovery Initiative.

The CWG provides an opportunity for key groups essential to the success of a recovery plan to become involved in the process.  The group focuses on increasing the public’s awareness and knowledge about the recovery process, as well as the ecological problems facing the Nechako white sturgeon.  It is also concerned with building and maintaining community support for the recovery plan.

Community Working Group Members

Wayne Salewski - Nechako Environment and Water Stewardship Society (NEWSS) (Chair)

Mike Manky - NWS Conservation Center Manager

Fraser Linza - NWS Conservation Center

Andy Lecuyer - Rio Tinto

Andrea Byrne - City of Prince George

Christina Ciesielski - Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Brian Frenkel - Avison Management; District of Vanderhoof 

Troy Nelson - Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society

Nikolaus Gantner – Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Ian Spendlow - Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Guy Scharf - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Phil Taylor - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Kara Varley - Fisheries Technician & CNC Student

Cory Williamson - Consultant

Chad Hellenius - The Exploration Place