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Hammond River Angling Association Spring 2024 Newsletter

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On June 4, The Oromocto River Watershed Association, along with The Town of Oromocto, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Canadian Rivers Institute, staff from DFO’s Mactaquac Biodiversity Centre, and students with the Base Gagetown Environmental Services welcomed and hosted 280 students engaged in the Fish Friends Program at Oromocto’s Gateway Wetland and Visitor Information Centre and Trails.  Students from Sunbury West, Lincoln Elelmentary, Ècole Communitaire Arc-en-ciel, and Gesner Street Elementary Schools were introduced to waterfowl and wetland conservation, fisheries biology, and the importance of recycling and reuse.  The students were also given the opportunity to release salmon fry, many of which they had raised themselves in their classroom facilities, to the Oromocto Watershed. 

The New Brunswick Salmon Council’s Fish Friends Program targets the development of future stewards for the preservation, conservation, and recovery of New Brunswick’s Atlantic salmon.  The program is delivered in over 60 schools across the province by our affiliates and a dedicated group of volunteers and teachers.  Through a standardized curriculum and hands on experience the program teaches New Brunswick youth about the life history of Atlantic salmon and the importance of the habitats on which they depend.  Participating schools hatch salmon eggs in the classroom and stock the resulting alevins into their natal watersheds.

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We are currently soliciting nominations for the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation.   

This Award constitutes the province's most prestigious and preeminent recognition of individual(s) or organizations whose efforts have contributed significantly to the conservation and protection of New Brunswick's Atlantic salmon. 

The award was created in 2000 by the New Brunswick Salmon Council in partnership with the Honorary Patron of the Council, the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick.  Recipients of the award are selected by a committee appointed by the New Brunswick Salmon Council. The recipient is recognized for having gone above and beyond the call in their contribution to salmon conservation in New Brunswick.

Nominees are evaluated against the following criteria:Achievement: Has significantly contributed to the conservation or enhancement of Atlantic salmon populations or public awareness of the importance of Atlantic salmon or its habitat in New Brunswick.

Future Benefits: Has played a key role in projects that are expected to have a long-lasting or long-term beneficial effects for wild Atlantic salmon populations.

Range of Impact: Has successfully influenced, initiated or completed conservation projects in provincial rivers, watersheds, or marine environments.

Service: Has contributed a significant number of years of service as an organization, Director, Committee Chair, Officer with the NBSC, Affiliate, non-affiliate, or a federal, provincial committee; or participated with Atlantic salmon fund raising projects including dinners etc., or has made significant donations which have assisted projects and program relating to the conservation and improvement of wild Atlantic salmon.

Please feel free to circulate this call to any organizations or persons engaged in Atlantic salmon conservation. Nominations for the 2024 award must be submitted to either myself (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Rod Currie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by February 16, 2024. The Council looks forward to receiving nominations for candidates for this prestigious award.

Yours in conservation.

Charlie Leblanc, President
New Brunswick Salmon Council


The NBSC is reaching out to all salmon anglers and supporters to participate in a letter-writing initiative addressed to the Minister of Fisheries, the Honourable Diane LeBouthillier. Other conservation organizations in New Brunswick concerned with the state of Atlantic salmon are following suit and reaching out to their members and supporters as well.

As everyone is highly aware, in 2023, the recorded salmon counts in the Miramichi River reached a critically low level. To address this alarming situation, the NBSC is supporting the MSA in actively promoting a comprehensive, multi-species approach to the river's management and seeking support for their ongoing conservation efforts. But we need your help!

Effective public engagement is crucial in influencing policymakers. Therefore, we encourage you to express your concerns regarding the Miramichi River's management and the declining Atlantic salmon populations by crafting letters to Minister LeBouthillier and sending them to her by mail via Canada Post at the following address:

The Honourable Diane LeBouthillier

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

House of Commons*

Ottawa ON

K1A 0A6

*Postage for mail addressed to the House of Commons is waived.

As well, if you would like to email a letter to the Minister, the Atlantic Salmon Federation has set up an editable template that can be found at the link below. We encourage you to use this link to send an email in addition to sending a written letter via Canada Post. The Minister of Fisheries is obligated to open and read every letter that they receive.

Click here for the ASF email in English

Click here for the ASF email in French

Nashwaak Watershed Assocaition Fall 2023 edition of "WaterWays" is now available!

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