Table 3. Summary of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) for breeding area characteristics of brook charr reported by local experts of the community of Mistissini. When information was unavailable from particular experts, blank spaces are used. #, each informant. Asterisks denote where community fishers and/or fishing guides made similar comments.

Population group
Informant #

Breeding time

Return to lake
Breeding site locations
Description of appearance
Rupert Outflow
1, 2

Mid- to late October, generally in breeding aggregations

February Main river, side channels, 0–15 km from rivermouth
Short, deep-bodied, very colorful

3
Mid- to late October, later than charr captured along the lake’s island chain

February
Main river, side channels, 0–15 km from rivermouth
Very wide with thick tails

4*
Mid- to late October, as late as the end of November

January
Side channels
Very wide with thick tails

5
Mid- to late October, to the end of November, when ice forms in backwaters


Main river, side channels, 0–15 km from rivermouth
Short and fat; those near the river mouth more lean
Cheno, Pepeshquasati, Takwa Inflows
6
Late August to mid-September, as late as the end of October

End of November
Main river, 35–75 km from rivermouth; Pepeshquasati


7
Late August to mid-September

End of November
Mouths of feeder streams and side channels
Long

8, 9, 10
Late August to mid-September





11
Late August to early October

December
Takwa Pool below falls
Sometimes silvery

12
Late August to early October


Large, slow pools, 35 km+ from rivermouth; Cheno
Long, very colorful

13
Late August to mid-September
December
Long and fat