Dredging work carried out on mouth of the Mindemoya River

A Central Manitoulin work crew dredges the Mindemoya River last week.

PROVIDENCE BAY—Manitoulin Streams Improvement Association (MSIA), with support and labour help from the municipality of Central Manitoulin, has again dredged the mouth of the Mindemoya River to allow Coho and Chinook Salmon to gain access to areas of the river to spawn.

“The dredging work on the Mindemoya River was carried out this week,” said Seija Deschenes, coordinator of MSIA, last week. She explained, “we had put in a work permit application to the (Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) for approval, and sent in paper work to the municipality of Central Manitoulin for a backhoe operator and staff to undertake the dredging work to benefit the fishery.”

Ms. Deschenes noted that both Coho and Chinook Salmon use the base of the Mindemoya River to access spawning ground every year.

The MSIA has undertaken this dredging project on an annual basis for about five years.