Community School Micro Fish Hatchery Project

August 2018

The French River Stewardship Council (FRSC) has taken on the development of a Community School Micro Fish Hatchery project in partnership with l’École secondaire de la Rivière-des-Français in Noëlville, in an effort to provide an educational opportunity for the students and to sustain the walleye and trout fishery in local waters. Please see ‘Talking Notes’ that provide additional details of this Project.

Rolly Frappier, who is a member of the United Walleye Club, has spearheaded the development of the fish hatchery project and has built and installed several hatcheries through out the region. Please visit to following link to view why and how he has developed this program:



FRSC is currently raising funds ($15,000) to get the hatchery established in the High School. I am please to note that currently there is a foundation willing to donate $6,000 and a local resident $1,500. They are both willing to make these donations based on the local community and/or businesses matching these funds.

Therefore, with your support by matching these donations we will be able to get the project up and running. Any monies above the start up cost will be used to sustain and expand the project over the next several years.

All donations to the hatchery project over $20 will receive a taxable donation receipt. The FRSC has an agreement with the French River Public Library to utilize their taxable donation number.

Donations can be made electronically as indicated in the talking notes or you can send me an email or call me and I will be happy to come over and answer any questions or listen to any suggestions you may have on the project and pick up any donations you may be willing to make.

Cheques should be made out to the French River Public Library with the memo portion of the cheque indicating it is for the Fish Hatchery Project. Please provide your address, phone number and email address so that the library can issue you a taxable donation receipt.

We will be providing updates on the Fish Hatchery Project on the FRSC website: . We will also try and arrange some open houses at l’École secondaire de la Rivière-des-Français in Noëlville so that any person that has donated will be able to view the Hatcher and hear a presentation by the students.

Let’s all get behind this Project in an effort to sustain our local fish communities.

Steve Grinius, Director, FRSC

Telephone: (306) 914-0070 or Text

Your partner in water protection!

Talking Notes on Micro Fish Hatchery

The French River Stewardship Council (FRSC) is currently working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNR&F), l’École secondaire de la Rivière-des-Français (Noëlville) and both municipal Public Libraries (Alban and Noëlville) towards the goal of bringing a Community School Micro Fish Hatchery to French River.

The reason for this is two-fold:

1. To provide up to 10,000 fingerlings each year, of both walleye and trout to be introduced to the French River and several local lakes.

2. To provide a teaching tool for high school students on the life cycle of fish and the importance the environment plays on the continued sustainability of fish stocks.

Cost of the Micro Fish Hatchery would be approximately $15,000 with annual operating costs of approximately $500.00/year.  The Hatchery would be manufactured in the Sudbury area and installed by the supplier in the l’École secondaire de la Rivière-des-Français in Noëlville.

Proposed Operation of Micro Fish Hatchery:

• The MNR&F is to provide up to 10,000 fertilized trout eggs in the fall and a further 10,000 fertilized walleye eggs in the spring

• The students will be taught and graded on the operation of the equipment which is to include large bell jars, a pumping and filtration system, a trinocular microscope, a digital camera and a dedicated laptop.  This will allow the students to document the various stages of development of the fish.

• The students will learn to use the equipment to control and monitor the growth of the fish including the circulating water oxygen levels, temperatures, flow, PH and the filtration equipment.

• The fall and spring operations would last from 5 to 7 weeks each.

• The fingerlings would then be released into local bodies of water as authorised by the MNR&F.

With this project the FRSC is hoping to instill in our youth, and the general public, the importance of our environment and how critical this is to our wildlife.  Students will learn how sensitive fish are to temperature, PH, oxygen levels and the quality of the water they are living in.

The hatchery would be a step towards increasing the stocks of specific fish in the French River and certain surrounding lakes.

From field studies it has been shown that the success rate of raising fingerlings from fertilised eggs in the wild is only about 40%.  This compares to 90% when raised in a hatchery.

Fingerlings, whether raised in the wild or in a hatchery only have a 3% chance of reaching maturity. During this period many fish are lost due to natural causes, fishing practices and being eaten by predator fish.

It takes between 5 and 6 years for walleye to reach maturity.  A mature female can produce 30,000 or more eggs each spawning season.  By increasing the number of fingerlings each year, we increase the number of fish able to reach maturity and spawn. This increases the sustainability of our fish stocks.

The FRSC, in partnership with the MNR&F (who provides the permits) and with the support of the community will continue to rehabilitate spawning beds and create new ones.  The FRSC is also involved in monitoring the quality of the water in our main waterway by taking samples for analysis each month from May to November.  Fourteen locations are sampled between the Ouellette Rapids and Georgian Bay Delta.  Other environmental monitoring in the region will continue.

You can write a cheque payable to: French River Public Library and mail it to:

French River Stewardship Council

c/o Carl Bisaillon, Treasurer, FRSC

RR #1, Site 11, Box 2

Alban, Ontario

P0M 1A0

You may pay by bank e-Transfer to the FRSC via our email address.  A receipt by email will follow.

Note: only donations over $20 toward the Community School Fish Hatchery Project is tax deductible.

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Date Added: August 30, 2018 | Comments Off | Filed under: Events,News,Uncategorized — webedit @ 9:16 am

Annual General Meeting

French River Stewardship Council

Annual General Meeting

When:     Sunday July 29th, 2018

Time:       1:00 pm

Where:    French River Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic

24 Delamere Road, Alban, ON     (Rear Door)


French River Water Quality Report

Financial Update

Election of Officers

Date Added: June 20, 2017 | Comments Off | Filed under: Events,News,Uncategorized — webedit @ 7:56 pm

Report and Analysis of Water Quality 2017

June 2017

Submitted by Joe Dippong


 The 2016 sampling of 18 points along both the North and Main channels showed fairly significant improvements in Total Phosphorus levels compared to the 2007 to 2010 sampling project. Calcium concentrations and water clarity have remained fairly constant and present no concerns at this time.

Although Total Phosphorus levels improved, through local observations, we noted some areas of algae blooms. Although the 2016 year blooms were less dominant than prior years, they do require a review of our Report Card criteria which we plan to complete in 2017. This review may shift results to a more stringent criterion for the “A” Report Card rating in future years.

Looking at the actual results, a decrease in Total Phosphorus concentration was noted in 12 of 13 sample locations with 1 location showing comparable results to prior years. Although these results are encouraging we note that a one year sampling period is not a sufficient period of time to state with certainty any verifiable findings. Our current analysis of these results is provided in the comments section of the raw data report.

The actual raw numbers and current Report Card are attached to this cover letter.

Copies of this report will be sent for peer review as well as be posted on our website for comment.


Ratings Legend: All readings based on ug/L (micro grams per litre) of Phosphorus.

A – Average 12 or lower with no results over 20.

B – Average 15 or lower with no more than 20% of then results over 20.

C – Average 15 or lower with more than 20% of results over 20.

D – Average 15 or higher.

F – Average 20 or higher.

The sampling data used was mainly from our work with the MOE lake partner program.

The FRSC’s Target is to get all areas of our river to an “A” rating.


                                                                                                                   2007-2010         2016

Lake Nipissing outflow into the French River



Upper French outflow



North Channel below Ouellette Rapids



William’s Bay

New site


Near Test Creek at Moonlight Bay Rd & Voyageur Rd.

New site


Ranger Bay at lower Sturgeon



Ranger Bay outlet



Cow Bay



Stoner’s point

New site


Above Meshaw Falls



Above Stoney Rapids

New site


Dry Pine Bay near Murdock River



Dry Pine Bay at Baker’s Bay



Dry Pine Bay at village

New site


Main Channel at Crooked Rapids



Main Channel at Dry Pine Bay



Lower French at Ox Bay



Wanapitei River outflow into the French River



The FRSC would like to thank all those contributing time and moneys to these worthwhile projects.

Date Added: June 15, 2017 | Comments Off | Filed under: Events,News — webedit @ 8:14 pm

Annual General Meeting July 24th, 2016

Time:    1:00 pm

Where:   Alban Medical Clinic, 24 Delamere Rd. Alban – Entrance at rear of building

Mark your calendar

 If you are not a paid member for 2016, and would like to attend and have voting privileges, you may come to the meeting and pay your $25.00 membership at the meeting.


  • PowerPoint Presentation on FRSC projects.

  • MOECC – Ministry of Environment & Climate Change – water sampling.

  • MNRF – Ministry Natural Resources & Forestry – Youth Rangers Program.

  • Presentation by Dr. April James, with Nipissing University’s Integrative Watershed Research Centre on ‘Isotopes of Oxygen’.
  • To receive and consider the financial statements.

  • Election of Officers.

 An opportunity to discuss your concerns and chat with the Stewardship Council members directly.

 The French River Stewardship Council is a non-profit corporation dedicated to environmental protection in the French River watershed.

 Email Address:


Date Added: June 23, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Events,News — webedit @ 9:05 pm

Fall Walleye Index Netting Survey

October 29th,  2013

Fall Walleye Index Netting Surve

The French River Stewardship Council with the assistance from the Ministry of Natural Resources was able to seek a grant to carry out a  Fall Walleye Index Netting (FWIN) program on the French River. The total budget committed to the program was in the amount of  $37,000.

The main objective of an index netting survey is to assess the relative abundance of a fish stock and provide other biological measures  or indicators of the target population’s status. Standard methods and protocols for the collection of biological information are  followed. Biologists randomly select sampling sites, overnight sets of multi-mesh gillnets are put in place, done in the fall when surface  water temperature is between 15°C and 10°C, set duration 24 hours at a depth of 2 to 5 metres and 5 to 15 metres.

Field procedures involve setting the nets, lift the nets the following day, processing the catch, and record the data. Post field activities  involve processing the collected fish tissues; data management and biological information is recorded followed by a detailed report.  The report is expected to be completed by mid-2014 along with its recommendations.

The survey of the netting program was done on the French River North Channel waterbodies i.e. Wolseley Bay, Eighteen Mile Bay,  Ranger Bay, Cow Bay, Meshaw Falls and Hartley Bay.

We wish to thank Hartley Bay Marina, Moonlight Bay Cottages, Ministry of Natural Resources and the biologists for their contribution for the study.

The French River Stewardship Council will endeavour to inform the public and make plans for a public meeting early summer 2014 with a presentation by the MNR biologist.


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Tree Planting at the Noëlville Landfill Site

Letter of recognition from Municipality (more…)

Date Added: December 23, 2012 | Comments Off | Filed under: Events,News — Tags: — webedit @ 1:45 pm

River to Plate Fish Seminar

River to Plate Fish Seminar

Sponsored by the Ministry of Natural Resources North Bay

Supported by the French River Stewardship Council

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Alban Community Centre

Dokis First Nation Elders Video Presentation


Traditional Fishery

Presented by Randy Restoule, Dokis First Nation

Community and Economic Development Officer


Traditional Fishery Project 42

Presented by Norm Dokis, MNR Resource Liaison Officer


The Science of Fish Recovery

Presented by George Morgan, Fishery Biologist for French River Management Plan



Blind Taste Tests

Fish Cleaning Demonstrations

Traditional Recipes

A fun, interesting evening for family & friends!

Learn how to clean different species of fish and enjoy some samples

Date Added: March 16, 2012 | Comments Off | Filed under: Events,News — Tags: , — webedit @ 7:44 pm

Community Partnership for the Environment

November 2011

Community Partnership for the Environment

The French River Stewardship Council held its fourth annual “Plant a Tree for the Environment ” day. This year we are proud to say that once again the community supported the event. The directors would like to thank the following supporters and volunteers for their help:

Vale :

Members of the Environmental Group at Vale. They have provided the French River Stewardship Council with seedling trees for the last four years. This year they provided us with 600 White Spruce and 600 Red Pine seedlings.

Municipality of French River:

Public Works who cleared a buffer zone in front of the municipal landfill site for the planting of the trees. They also provided the students with tools and material.

École Secondaire de la Rivière-des-Français:

The students and teachers, who with great enthusiasm planted all the trees in less than 2 hours. The students then policed the area around the landfill site picking up blown debris. Their concern for the environment is important for future generations. Their willingness to work for the betterment of the community is an inspiration to all.

Caisse Populaire de Noëlville Ltée:

Jean-Serge Pharand, General Manager for volunteering to assist the students in the planting of the trees. He was quick to roll up his sleeves and go to work.

Date Added: January 14, 2012 | Comments Off | Filed under: Events,News — Tags: — webedit @ 6:58 pm