UINR is conducting a multi-year research project on Barachois Ponds in the Bras d’Or Lake. This survey is to help inform about how these ponds are used by fish and fishers in the winter. Please complete a new survey for each individual pond you fish (i.e. if you fished 5 ponds, complete 5 surveys). For each pond survey submitted, your name will be entered in a draw for a $50 Canadian Tire gift certificate.  Thank you for taking the time to participate.

Barachois Ponds are shallow brackish coastal ponds separated from the Bras d’Or Lake by a barrier beach usually of sand or cobble. It may or may not have a regular or periodic inlet/outlet to the Lake.  This survey does not include harbours, coves or fully open lagoons.  Please contact us if you are unsure if a particular site qualifies.

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* 1. Lat/Long Coordinates (preferred; can use GPS or find using Google Maps)
AND/OR Specific Pond name\Location Description

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* 2. Where do you live?

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* 3. How often have you fished this pond this winter?

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* 4. How popular is this spot for winter fishing?

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* 5. Please list all species you have caught/seen or know of others having caught at this pond this winter.

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* 6. For each species checked above, please describe the approximate numbers caught and their size/condition

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* 7. How many winters have you fished this pond?

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* 8. What changes have you observed in catch over that time (species, numbers, size etc.,)?

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* 9. What other wildlife have you seen at this pond this winter?

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* 10. Contact Information (Optional).
To thank you for your participation, your name (if provided) will be entered into a draw for a gift certificate. Contact information will be kept confidential and will only be used for purposes of the draw.

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