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Support for MSA's Wild Atlantic Salmon Strategy

The MSA has published their Wild Atlantic Salmon Recovery Strategy for 2020, the NBSC supports and has expanded on the Strategy.

Link to MSA's Strategy



NBSC Letter to Serge Doucet in support of MSA's plan

Reasons for Support of CAST’s Smolt-to-Adult-Supplementation Project

The following explains in detail why we support a continuation of the Coalition for Atlantic Salmon Tomorrow’s (CAST’s) Smolt-to-Adult Supplementation (SAS) program on the Northwest / Little Southwest Miramichi River systems.

We, the New Brunswick Salmon Council (NBSC) have grave concerns about the progressively decreasing wild Atlantic salmon population of the greater Miramichi system, particularly of the sub-populations of the Northwest (NW) and Little Southwest (LSW) Miramichi drainages.

Read the complete articale here.

NB Salmon Council's support for the retention of Larry's Gulch fishing lodge under public ownership

This letter was sent to the TJ and not published, but that the premier and the DERD minister have been informed of the Councils views.

View the full letter here



Council Receives Recognition from Atlantic Salmon for Northern Maine

April 16, 2019

The NB Salmon Council (NBSC) received an award of recognition from its Atlantic Salmon for Northern Maine (ASNM) affiliate at that group’s annual find-raising dinner on April 6 in Presque Isle.  The award and commemorative plaque are presented annually to people or groups who help with the ASNM’s efforts to recolonize the Aroostook River and other Maine tributaries of the St. John River with wild sea-run Atlantic salmon.

In 2018, the NBSC and another affiliate, the St. John Basin Salmon Recovery Inc., assisted ASNM in acquiring 40,000 eyed Tobique River eggs from the Mactaquac Biodiversity Facility, and in completing the permitting process to transport the eggs across the international boundary.  The eggs are currently being incubated in the ASNM’s hatchery at Dug Brook near Ashland, Maine.  After hatching and just prior to complete yolk absorption, the unfed fry that are produced will be released to an Aroostook River tributary where they will grow in the wild for two or three years.  It is hoped that the smolts produced will jump start a Maine-based Captive Adult Rearing program for the Aroostook and other northern Maine St. John River tributaries.


John Pugh (left), president of the NBSC receiving the award from Brian Fields, President ASNM

Provincial government’s appeal of Grieg NL environmental assessment decision dismissed
The Telegram
Published 18 Sept. 2018
ASF continuing fight to get company to do more work on environmental impact of Placentia Bay aquaculture project
ST. ANDREWS, N.B. - An attempt by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Grieg NL to appeal a court decision requiring the company to carry out a full environmental assessment of its Placentia Bay aquaculture project has been dismissed.
A panel of three judges with the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal rendered its decision on Sept. 14.
"This ruling has once again raised the bar for environmental assessment in Newfoundland and Labrador," Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) president Bill Taylor said in a release today, Sept. 18.
"The judges have highlighted serious reservations about the Placentia Bay project and have clearly stated that governments must consider the level of public concern in environmental decision making."
The ASF initially appealed former minister of environment and climate change Perry Trimper’s decision to release Grieg NL’s proposed aquaculture project without an environmental impact statement (EIS) to the Supreme Court and won.
The provincial government appealed that decision but prior to the hearing this past December ordered Grieg NL to complete an EIS.
Only a few days before the Court of Appeal decision was recently issued, Municipal Affairs and Environment Minister Andrew Parsons approved the EIS and released the project from further environmental assessment, subject to a number of conditions.
Grieg NL is planning an Atlantic salmon hatchery and nursery in Marystown along with sea cages to grow the fish in Placentia Bay.
"When this ruling is considered along with the first judgement, which ordered an EIS be completed, a pattern of behavior emerges. It shows that political leaders have attempted to avoid environmental assessment continuously and without legal justification," said Steve Sutton, ASF's director of outreach and engagement.
ASF is now arguing a full environmental assessment of the Placentia Bay aquaculture project was not completed, according to the release from the organization.
The ASF is readying an appeal under the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Protection Act. It will ask Parsons to reconsider his decision and have Grieg complete more work on the EIS.
The Court of Appeal’s full judgement can be read at