|While the Rat River is not within the Inuvialuit Settlement
Region, the Dolly Varden char that spawn in the river make their way
to the ocean by way of the west channel of the Mackenzie River and
spend time in the coastal waters of the Beaufort Sea. During those
migrations they are harvested by Inuvialuit, particularly the
residents of Aklavik.
To help coordinate the fishing pressure on
this shared resource, this plan is being prepared by the Rat River Char
Fishing Plan Working Group, on behalf of the Aklavik Renewable
Resource Council (RRC), the Fort McPherson Renewable Resource
Council (RRC), and the Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee (HTC).
Support was provided by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the
Gwich'in Renewable Resource Board (GRRB) and the Fisheries Joint
Management Committee (FJMC).
The plan is now in its final stages of development.