Ready-to-Spawn Salmon Secretly Released
Atlantic salmon researchers and conservationists recently released 332 ready-to-spawn salmon into West River, at undisclosed locations near Sheet Harbour, just in time for spawning season. This was one in many steps of a long-term program undertaken by the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), and the Nova Scotia Salmon Association (NSSA), and other partners to restore wild Atlantic salmon to the river after their numbers were decimated by the effects of acid rain.
Lewis Hinks struggles to release a feisty Atlantic salmon into West River near Sheet Harbour. (Photo Credit: Edmund Halfyard)Lewis Hinks, ASF's NS Regional Director, says, "We are excited that after many years of planning, raising money, and working to restore West River - Sheet Harbour, that we have reached these milestones. We still have a lot of work ahead, but hopefully, next year, we will find thousands of salmon fry in the river. That will make it all worthwhile."
George Ferguson, VP, NSSA, and West River Program Manager, agrees and adds, "We are gradually returning this river to a healthy state; that bodes well for Nova Scotia's 53 other acid-impacted rivers. We many have to restore them one at a time, but at least, we know that with hard work and diligence they can be restored."
The Atlantic Salmon Federation is an international, non-profit organization that promotes the conservation and wise management of wild Atlantic salmon and their environment. ASF has a network of seven regional councils (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Maine and Western New England). The regional councils cover the freshwater range of the Atlantic salmon in Canada and the United States.