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The New Brunswick Salmon Council (NBSC) is a non-profit, volunteer based organization, dedicated to the protecting wild Atlantic salmon and supporting the restoration and enhancement activity on all watersheds in New Brunswick 

  • We are the New Brunswick affiliate of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, with which we cooperate in our common pursuits. 
  • We act as the representative body of twenty-six (26) affiliated conservation oriented organizations from all parts of the Province of New Brunswick interested in the conservation and wise management of the wild Atlantic salmon.
  • The work of the N. B. Council is carried out by volunteers and it is funded entirely by donations from persons interested in the conservation and wise management of the wild Atlantic salmon.

The Council encourages cooperation between various orders of government involved, whether directly or indirectly, in conservation and management of the wild Atlantic salmon.  The goal is to ensure that sufficient resources for protection of the wild Atlantic salmon are allocated and maintained by the various orders of government whose mandate it is to provide such protection and enforcement resources.

  • We encourage elimination of all existing gill net fisheries for the wild Atlantic salmon.
  • We encourage the responsible pursuit of aquaculture in a controlled, regulated and monitored environment which provides a reasonable assurance that no negative impact will be had on the wild Atlantic salmon as a result of aquaculture activity.

Our Priority Issues


  • We believe that the time has come for the implementation of an integrated approach to Atlantic salmon conservation goals in which the federal government and the provincial government work together cooperatively, rather than separately or against one another.
  • Overlap and duplication, and gaps in government services, must be eliminated.
  • Clarification of roles and responsibilities in this sector is essential if we are to maximize the use of taxpayer resources in support of Atlantic salmon conservation.
  • Joint working arrangements with conservation organizations and community groups are an essential and integral factor to successful conservation and protection initiatives.


  • The Department of Fisheries and Oceans does not provide sufficient protection resources to protect the wild Atlantic salmon from poaching or over-fishing. Joint action with the Province, and with conservation organizations can remedy this situation.
  • In keeping with DFO's precautionary approach to management of wild Atlantic salmon stocks, there is a need to review and establish base lines for the levels of protection and enforcement necessary to protect New Brunswick rivers.


  • The Department of Fisheries and Oceans must take any necessary steps to eliminate existing gill net fisheries.
  • Gill nets indiscriminately kill wild salmon along with the other species for which they may have been set.
  • Where entrapment is deemed necessary, the more selective trap net is proposed as the alternative fishing method.


  • A firm policy and regulations to protect wild Atlantic salmon stocks from the many serious and scientifically documented adverse impacts of aquaculture is needed.
  • The federal government should mandate a moratorium on any further aquaculture operations, including the introduction of exotic species, until research indicates reasons for the decline and solutions to the problem are identified.
  • We support the tagging of all aquaculture fish as a protection measure.


  • Live release angling for wild Atlantic salmon offers a comprehensive approach to conservation and protection for the wild Atlantic salmon.
  • Where rivers have been subjected to long-term closure, release angling, under carefully monitored conditions, is one method to enable volunteer organizations to maintain memberships necessary to continue management and restoration activity essential to conservation.
  • Promotion of safe and proper live release techniques is essential to ensuring an effective program.