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Northern Pike

Esox Lucius - "Hiulik"


Population Status

Distribution:

Largely unknown although a few studies have reported the presence of Northern Pike in some lakes on the Yukon North Slope and in Deep Creek.

Population size:

Unknown.

Population trend:

Unknown.

Unique or special characteristics

Unknown.

Habitat Features

Unknown.

Harvest

From 1988 to 1999 Inuvialuit harvest data was collected through the Inuvialuit Harvest Study. Some harvest information about northern pike was collected at this time. There is no restriction on the Inuvialuit harvest of northern pike on the Yukon North Slope.

Yukon sport fishing regulations apply to others fishing on the Yukon North Slope. Parks Canada regulations apply within Ivvavik National Park.

Harvesting Rights
Harvest TypeInuvialuitOthers
Sport Preferential Sport fishing with licence from GNWT or YTG

Eco-Tourism:

Northern pike attract little to no eco-tourism on the Yukon North Slope.

Threats:

Unknown.

Species at Risk Status

Yukon:
none
COSEWIC:
none
CITES:
none

Research and Monitoring

Population monitoring

Unknown

Research

Some research conducted in the early 1970s as part of the Mackenzie Valley pipeline studies. Information collected included limited distribution data, length/weight relationships, and food habits.

Deficiencies

Most aspects of northern pike ecology on the Yukon North Slope.

Management

Management Jurisdictions
AreaLegislationEnforcementAgreements
Ivvavik National Park IFA Parks Canada none
Hershel Island Territorial Park Fisheries Act, Fisheries General Regulations YTG
East of the Babbage River NWT Fisheries Regulations & Yukon Fisheries Regulations YTG
Adjoining NWT NWT Wildlife Act National Parks Act & Regulations

The Fisheries Joint Management Committee makes recommendations to the Minister of Fisheries for all fisheries matters in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. The FJMC provides the means to jointly set Inuvialuit subsistence quota and allocate such quota among the communities.

Community-based Information

Community-based information on this species may be found in the reports of the annual community-based monitoring program conducted in Aklavik and neighbouring communities by the Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Co-op.http://www.taiga.net/coop/community/index.html

Related Literature and Information Sources

Bryan, J.E., C.E. Walker, R.E. Kendel, and M.S. Elson. 1973. Freshwater aquatic ecology in northern Yukon Territory 1971. Northern Operations Branch, Fisheries and Marine Services, Dept. of the Environment.

Chiperzak, D. 1999. Personal communication, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Yellowknife.

Joint Secretariat, 2003. Inuvialuit Harvest Study, Data and Methods Report 1988 – 1997. Inuvik, NT. http://www.fjmc.ca/publications/IHS.htm

Steigenberger, L.W., G.J. Birch, P.G. Bruce, and R.A. Robertson. 1973. Northern Yukon freshwater fisheries studies 1973. Northern Operations Branch, Fisheries and Marine Services, Dept. of the Environment.

Stephenson, S. 1999. Personal communication, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Inuvik.

W. Bond : R. Erickson "Summer studies of the nearshore fish community at Phillips Bay, Beaufort Sea coast" Yukon. Can. Tech. Rept. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 1989

Secretariat, Joint. "Inuvialuit Harvest Study, Data and Methods Report" Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Yellowknife. 2003

Stephenson, S.; Burrows, J. and J. Babaluk. "Long-distance migrations by inconnu (Stenodus leucichthys) in the Mackenzie River System" Arctic Inuvik, NT 2003 (ch. 58(1)): pp. 21-25.