Over the past few weeks Lola the underwater remote operated vehicle (named by the Chippewas of Nawash Fisheries Assesment Program) has been swimming all over the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. Lola the ROV is a piece of smart technology that is a part of the Bima'azh project. Lola's smart technology is being used to explore the spawning shoals of Dikameg (Lake whitefish) to help commuity members understand and investigate what could be contributing to their decline, aswell as helping us to gain a deeper understanding of Dikameg behaviour.
This unique piece of smart technology allows for community members to gain a never seen before perspective of what lies under the surface of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. During our field work this past month we have found invasive speices, whitefish sawning shoals, different substrates, and lot of fish friends!
Collective Environmental also got the chance to teach youth from the SON who were apart of a warerfirst science program, how to use the ROV. Oppourtunites for land-based learning and real experiences like this one are so important for the youth involved.
Where will Lola get to explore next? And what will she find?