Salmon returning to Fundy National Park

Salmon Populations 20170601 A project aimed at bringing Atlantic salmon back to rivers in Fundy National Park has already seen some success. The Fundy Salmon Recovery Project was set up to try to grow the dwindling stock of Atlantic salmon in the Upper Salmon River, which divides the national park and Alma. Corey Clarke, the park ecologist at Fundy National Park, said the river is now producing salmon. "Wild production is occurring from basically the top to the bottom of the rivers that we're releasing adults into and that is not the case for the rivers that we're not releasing adults into," said Clarke.

Switched to adult salmon

Clarke said the project saw greater success after it changed its methods. Originally, adult salmon were taken to a hatchery, where they spawned and the juvenile salmon were then released into the river. Now, a greater number of adult salmon are instead released into the river to spawn, which makes the juvenile salmon native to the river and better equipped to survive. Because adult salmon are difficult to raise in large numbers in a hatchery, the project partnered with Cooke Aquaculture. The seafood manufacturer grew the adult salmon, which are all from the same unique species found in the river. Clarke said the change has resulted in salmon returning to the river. "This year we've already detected 16 returning adults from past years' releases," said Clarke. "There are in those fish … a couple of wild fish that we haven't yet actually got our hands on."

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