Heidi Swanson is delighted with the early results of contaminant testing on Kluane Lake fish. The lake trout and whitefish have extremely low levels of mercury, a common contaminant in northern lakes.
“It’s a good-news story,” the University of Waterloo biologist said in a December interview. “I mean, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I saw the results!”
Swanson and her students are studying levels of contaminants in Kluane Lake food fish species as part of the Kluane First Nation’s food security strategy. With traditional terrestrial food sources, such as moose, declining, the First Nation is looking to the lake for future food security, she said.