The demonstrated strength of the Centre is its ability to design and carry out field fisheries assessment studies, integrating traditional knowledge with scientific models. As well, a broad range of expertise enables the Centre to professionally analyze and interpret assessment information, and then communicate the results to First Nation communities and interested stakeholders. The assessment studies conducted by the Centre, and its analysis of existing assessment data often lead to recommendations for management authority consideration. The A/OFRC has built an enviable relationship based on trust with its First Nation, government and other partners.
As a “Centre of Excellence” for fisheries assessment and management, the A/OFRC employs standardized assessment tools, innovative science and technology and traditional knowledge to evaluate stock status and stresses on fish populations and their habitats. The Centre’s studies integrate western science and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), and lead to recommendations to management authorities. As a partnership between the Union of Ontario Indians and Ontario, the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre is well positioned to undertake many different fisheries projects.
In the past six years, the Centre has completed over 150 fisheries projects with First Nations and government agencies. These include creel surveys, index netting projects, tagging studies, fish habitat inventories and synthesis of existing fisheries data for the purpose of formulating Resource Management Plans. Most of these projects were carried out by the host First Nation with assistance from the A/OFRC while some were completed by the A/OFRC on behalf of the host First Nation.