Charles Hatry, M.Sc.

Senior Biologist/ Project Manager

Charles is a biologist with a background in fish tagging studies aimed at examining the behaviour and movements of various species of fish, including suckers and Lake Sturgeon. Charles has experience working on a variety of aquatic projects involving fisheries, permitting, fish habitat mapping, species at risk monitoring and inventories as well environmental monitoring of fish communities and fish health.

Since joining Kilgour & Associates, Charles has worked on and led numerous environmental monitoring programs and fish sampling surveys in rivers and lakes in the Ottawa, Sudbury, Timmins, Thunder Bay, Northern Saskatchewan and Fort McMurray. Charles led the bathymetric data collection as well fish habitat and fish community data collection and reporting for the Wabagishik and Nairn Generating Stations environmental assessments near Sudbury.

Charles has also led numerous fish relocation programs in support of various in-water works projects related to stormwater management pond reconstruction and land development in the Ottawa and Peterborough areas as well as the realignment of portions of the Carp River in Ottawa. Additionally, Charles has taken care of permitting for sensitive in-water works projects including permitting the in-water work related to the demolition of the old Highway 11/17 bridge over the Nipigon River, a project that interacted with four species of salmonid and two listed species at risk.

Charles is leading our use of telemetry equipment. Radio tagging is a new tool for us, improving our understanding of the behaviour of fish (and other animals) and their uses of habitat in the vicinity of infrastructure. Charles attached radio tags to Lake Sturgeon in the Lower Spanish River in the spring of 2014 in order to determine the movements of that species in the vicinity of a hydroelectric facility. His work taught us that individuals do use the habitat of a plunge pool, and then reside in the river for various periods, but return to Georgian Bay before the end of the summer.