Table 5. Aboriginal concerns relating to human pressures on brook charr in Mistassini Lake, according to local experts. Asterisks denote where community fishers and/or fishing guides made similar comments.

Geographic location Informant Observation or concern Trend Timeline of observation
Outflow
2, 3*
Fishing efficiency
Declining
Past 40 yr

3, 4
Numbers of charr observed on breeding grounds
Declining
Past 40 yr

1, 3
Fishing efficiency since opening of a fishing camp
Declining
Past 35 yr

5
Fishing efficiency; no major environmental changes
Same
Past 40 yr





Inflows
20
Fishing efficiency in Cheno
Same
5–30 yr ago

13
Fishing efficiency in Cheno
Declining
5–30 yr ago

11
No major environmental changes in Takwa
Same
Past 35 yr

12*
Fishing efficiency in Takwa
Declined
25–30 yr ago

7
Charr arriving later in the fall in Pepeshquasati
Environmental change
Past 35 yr





Lake
14, 18–20*
Numbers of charr found in schools along the island chain
Declining
Past 30 yr

14, 15, 17–20*
Fishing efficiency in various lake sectors
Declining
Past 25 yr

3, 14*
Fishing efficiency near the community
Declining
Past 40 yr

4–6*
Rapid access of all lake sectors with large boats
Increasing fishing pressure
Past 30 yr

8*
Numbers of boats with large horsepower boats and their noise
Increasing fishing pressure
Past 10 yr

5
Increased number of boats no major threat to charr
Same fishing pressure
Past 10–20 yr

3, 8, 16, 19*
Size of captured charr
Declining
Past 30 yr

8
Size of captured charr
Same
Past 10 yr

5
Size of captured charr
Same
Past 10–20 yr