Nicola Tribal Association

Address: 204-2090 Coutlee Ave
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8

Mailling Address: P.O. Box 188 Stn Main
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8

Phone: (250) 378-4235

Fax: (250) 378-9119

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Nicola Watershed Stewardship and Fisheries Authority

Products/Services: fisheries habitat and inventory program; aquaculture resource surveys/interpretation; consulting training; fisheries aquaculture; bank stabilization.

Company Description: The Nicola Watershed Stewardship and Fisheries Authority (NWSFA), works together with the Nicola Tribal Association (NTA) and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT), in the area of fisheries management.

In order to decrease siltation resulting from past logging-related degradation, and to improve and increase salmon stocks, the Authority has implemented a slope stabilization initiative. They are also involved in the management of smolt acclimation ponds to decrease Hatchery Chinook & Coho adults straying back to the Hatchery, in addition to having the expertise to conduct stock assessment and stock enhancement. NWSFA also has 2 greenhouses, which grow deciduous trees species (Willow, Red Osier Dogwood, Cottonwood, ect... ) that are used in streamside riparian enhancement and also for slide rehabilitation.

Recognizing the importance of traditional knowledge for the protection of habitat sites, efforts are underway to document the rich indigenous knowledge of the surrounding communities.

While the Authority supports and works closely with seven First Nations, other clients include both the federal and provincial governments.

Company Details

Company Information

Barney Stirling
Title: Program Manager
Telephone: (250) 378-5365
Fax: (250) 378-5355
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Dave Coutlee
Title: Manager
Telephone: (250) 378-4235
Fax: (250) 378-9119
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Environmental Products And Services

Multidisciplinary Technical And Advisory Services In Fisheries And Aquaculture Management (nicola Watershed Stewardship And Fisheries Authority).
The approach taken by the Nicola Watershed Stewardship and Fisheries Authority towards fisheries and aquaculture management, puts in use many of the principles that make up the philosophy of Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Maintaining the fishery's physical environment is done through initiatives such as slope stabilization. This involves decreasing siltation resulting from past logging-related degradation and attempting to increase the level of salmon stock. Documenting the rich indigenous knowledge of the communities serves to both enhance the state of the fisheries themselves, as well as provide possible solutions to future fisheries problems. The Nicola Watershed Stewardship and Fisheries Authority offers its clients training in fisheries management that is unique, innovative and adaptable to any situation.


Fisheries Programs Aboriginal.Fisheries management, habitat creation & reparation, stock assessment, enhancement, water shed restoration.