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Jack Martin with part of the catch from Lake 154, taken October, 1969.
Initially, program staff consisted of Lionel Johnson, Herb Lawler, Leif Sunde and John Whitaker. A research camp was established near the southwest corner of Erickson on land leased from Metro Maxymchuk. In 1970, ten lakes were stocked and research was initiated into growth rate, causes of trout mortality, en vironmental conditions within the lakes, and harvest techniques. In subsequent years, the number of lakes stocked increased and the research camp grew to consist of five large trailers plus bunkhouses, warehouses and a fish processing building. Summer staff numbered up to twenty people and scientists and students from all over Canada, the U.S.A., several European countries - India, China, Thailand, Africa and EI Salvador participated in research projects. From 1974 to 1979, the camp hosted an annual open house for trout farmers and other interested persons. Camp staff also entered a float in Erickson's summer parade and won prizes several times. Jack Martin, George Curry, Gordon Hammell and Georgina Cutter were employed at the camp in seasonal or per manent capacities.
By 1979, the research program was winding down and in 1981 and 1982 several of the buildings were moved back to Winnipeg or to a new project at Lake Dauphin. John Whitaker left the project in 1976. Jack Martin in 1981 and George Curry in 1982. All are presently farming in the R.M. of Clanwilliam.
A very large amount of information of the biology and ecology of pothole lakes was collected and analyzed and a large number of scientific papers on water bodies in this area have been published. For several years, the camp was doing world class research on the process of sum merkill and the pothole lakes of Erickson are well known in equatic research laboratories in several European countries. The research also developed several management techniques which increased the success of commercial trout farming, although the size of the in dustry remained relatively stable during the 1970's.
Copies of the research publications from this project
may be obtained from the Freshwater Institute, 501 University Cresent, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Rainbow trout fingerlings delivered to the district.
by Gord Hammell
The Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam has long been known as a good area to observe and hunt wild ducks. This abundance of birds is due to the attractive summer and fall habitat provided by the numerous sloughs, ponds and lakes situated on fertile soils. (Fig. 1). Historically, Canada geese did nest in the Municipality, but they were probably few in number (or rare as is the case now) as this area does not provide secure nesting habitat. However, during the fall, some migrant geese stop over.
Such large numbers of nesting ducks of many species attracted both researchers and hunters to the Municipality. Studies have been carried out in this area since the 1940's. Five organizations have participated in