Tyson Paul

Research Assistant

While other kids in high school had posters of rock stars and hockey players on their bedroom walls, Tyson Paul, self-professed science geek, fell asleep under a poster of the periodic table!

Always interested in the environment, Tyson knew from the start that he was headed for a career in science and it was after his first year at Cape Breton University’s Bachelor of Science Community Studies program that he landed his first summer job at Eskasoni Fish and Wildlife, a job that he held for five summers.

Tyson now works full-time at UINR as a Research Assistant where his tasks range from counting salmon smolt in Middle River to consulting with Elders and fishers to gather information on traditional Mi’kmaq knowledge on eels, cod, salmon and striped bass.

While working at UINR, Tyson has received additional training to add to what he learned at university. From CABIN and M. E. D. training to pleasure craft training, one of the benefits of working at UINR has been the ongoing learning of new skills.

“One of the most satisfying projects that I worked on at UINR was collecting information for our publication “Kataq Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge: Bras d’Or Lakes Eels.” We did a lot of research, and condensing all of that information into a booklet was demanding but very rewarding. It helped me develop new work strategies and taught me how to approach information with a broad view that I will be able to use in the future.”

 

Plamu/ Salmon NOTICE

Plamu/ Salmon NOTICE

January 20, 2017News, Research

Salmon returns remain critically low in most of Nova Scotia. Kelt fishing is only permitted in the Margaree River. Please refrain from fishing and/or keeping kelts (slinks, black salmon) in any other river. For more information please contact your local fisheries office.   Here’s a printable version of our poster.

Attention Unama’ki Salmon Fishers

Attention Unama’ki Salmon Fishers

January 20, 2017News, Research

Please report the river, date, and number of salmon kept between June and December, 2016 to your local fishery department by January 31, 2017. Please indicate whether retained salmon were large (63 cm or larger, 24 inches or larger) or small (less than 63 cm or 24 inches.) It’s our responsibility to report our catches … Read More

Two New Books on Oysters and Mi’kmaw Knowledge

Two New Books on Oysters and Mi’kmaw Knowledge

November 17, 2016News

Bras d’Or Lakes’ oysters have been harvested and enjoyed for thousands of years. UINR just published two new books on oysters–one, an illustrated children’s book in Mi’kmaw and English, and the other on Mi’kmaq ecological knowledge and scientific research. Both books are written by UINR’s Shelley Denny, Angela Denny, Emma Garden, and Tyson Paul. The Oyster Garden, Kiju’ … Read More

Oyster Expert Guest Speaker at Book Launch

Oyster Expert Guest Speaker at Book Launch

November 13, 2016News, Research

René Lavoie is UINR’s special guest speaker at the launch of UINR’s two new books on oysters on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 11:00 am at Membertou Heritage Park. Dr. Lavoie is no stranger to oysters. For nearly fifty years he has been involved in oyster management and research with DFO and Aquaculture Association of Canada. … Read More

Two New Books on Oysters Launched

Two New Books on Oysters Launched

November 7, 2016News, Research, Unama'KIDS

On Wednesday, November 16, UINR is launching two new publications on oysters–one, an illustrated children’s book in Mi’kmaw and English, and the other on Mi’kmaq ecological knowledge and scientific research. Meet the authors and hear guest speaker René Lavoie on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 11:00 am at Membertou Heritage Park. There will be readings, … Read More

CABIN Training 2016

CABIN Training 2016

September 30, 2016Research

The Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) is an aquatic biomonitoring program for assessing the health of fresh water ecosystems in Canada. In Unama’ki, UINR has been working with Environment Canada to survey rivers and streams to collect, assess, and report on their health. To survey the Broad Cove River, part of the Broad Cove watershed, … Read More

Interns at UINR

Interns at UINR

July 24, 2016News, Research

Fisheries and Oceans Canada interns and St. Mary’s University students Farrah Stevens, Pictou Landing/Halifax, and Shurenda Michael, Sipekne’katik (Indian Brook) First Nation, are working with UINR for a week this summer getting hands-on experience.  

How Are Plamu/Salmon Like Trees?

How Are Plamu/Salmon Like Trees?

February 24, 2016News, Research

Plamu/Salmon are a big deal at UINR and we do a lot of work to make sure they are here for future generations to enjoy. Every spring we capture young Plamu (smolt) and take a sample of their scales to do further research. Working with Ocean Tracking Network at Dalhousie University our new recruit, Emma … Read More

Tyson Monitors the Link

Tyson Monitors the Link

October 30, 2015News, Research

UINR’s Tyson Paul, Mi’kmaq Environmental Monitor for the Maritime Link project, holds a Bachelor of Science Community Studies degree from Cape Breton University and was enrolled in a Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Environmental Studies before taking the position of Research Assistant with UINR (Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources) in 2009. Tyson has certification in … Read More

Managing for Seven Generations

Managing for Seven Generations

August 15, 2014News, Research

UINR’s Shelley Denny, Angela Denny and Tyson Paul are attending the 2014 Annual Conference of the American Fisheries Society in Quebec City on August 17 to 21. They are presenting our poster Managing for Seven Generations: Mi’kmaq Knowledge, Eels and the Bras d’Or Lakes during the poster presentation reception on Monday from 6:00 to 8:30 … Read More

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