The Thames River contains approximately 94 species of fish and 35 freshwater mussel species. Of the 94 fish species, 15 are considered to be species at risk (SAR), and of the 35 freshwater mussels, 14 are considered to be at risk.
This means that:
● 16% of fish are at risk in the Thames River
● 40% of freshwater mussels are at risk in the Thames River
These booklets provide information on Mussel and Fish Aquatic Species at Risk:
Rondeau Bay is home to four additional SAR not found within the Thames River. Mussels and fish are an important part of a healthy ecosystem and are of significant importance to humans. Fish provide us with a food source and recreational activities, while mussels are an important part of keeping our waters clean by removing pollutants. Many of the fish and mussel species in the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority’s (LTVCA) watershed are at risk due to habitat loss/degradation; sediment, nutrient and contaminant loading and invasive species. As a landowner, you can help to reduce these threats and the LTVCA is here to help.
The following flyers contain information about keeping soil, nutrients and contaminants from entering the water in order to improve aquatic species at risk habitat. Funding opportunities and technical expertise is available to develop and implement these projects.
Find out more about grants available for landowners HERE.
Contact the Stewardship Team for inquires and to find out which grant works for you.