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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.

International Co-operation Brings Hope for Aroostook River Salmon Re-colonization

For the past several years, New Brunswick Salmon Council (NBSC – “the Council”) affiliates, the St. John Basin Salmon Recovery Inc. (SJBSRI) and Atlantic Salmon for Northern Maine (ASNM), have partnered with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), and the Council to deliver 40,000 eyed Tobique River Atlantic salmon eggs to the Dug Brook hatchery in Sheridan, Maine.  The process is challenging because of the international border involved, and the disease testing required to allow the import of the eggs into the US.  RPC in Fredericton conducts the disease testing at the Mactaquac Biodiversity Facility on the brood fish that produce the eggs.  They certify that the eggs meet US and Maine disease-free requirements.

Once the eggs are at the hatchery, they are grown to the fry stage.  Some of the unfed or first-feeding fry are stocked into an Aroostook River tributary.  This provides a potential live gene bank for wild-exposed juveniles.  Several hundred fry are held back and are reared in the hatchery and at a Captive Adult Rearing facility that is being developed in Caribou, Maine.

The long-range plan is to stock the >6,000 km2 Aroostook River basin to a level approaching saturation.  Because the Aroostook is a St. John (Wolastoq) River tributary, the adults returning from the ocean from the resulting smolt run will provide fisheries benefits in both Canada and the US.  The Aroostook and its twin river, the Tobique, are as big as the greater Miramichi system, and could therefore theoretically produce as many salmon as that famous salmon river.  Downstream passage problems for smolts and kelts at the Tinker Dam on the Aroostook River and the Mactaquac headpond and Dam on the main stem St. John River must be addressed to enable the long-range success of the project.

In 2021 the egg transfer project was generously funded by the Council, ASNM, the SJBSRI and the NB Wildlife Trust Fund (NBWTF).  Special thanks to the NBWTF for their support.  Thanks as well to DFO for providing the eggs in kind.

 

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Project Personnel with NBWTF Logo at recent ASNM Fund-Raising Dinner

       ASNM Personnel at the Dug Brook Hatchery

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Eggs Incubating at the Dug Brook Hatchery

Eggs on Tray being Disinfected at Dug Brook

NSA Members:
This again was a very trying year for the NSA. There was never an opportunity to have our annual meeting due to COVID Restrictions.
We were also unable to host our annual supper as in years past. We did have a very successful raffle on 2 tickets to Larry’s Gulch
which brought in approx. $5000 to our funds. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the NSA and our sponsors and those who
provided donations with their ongoing support of the NSA in the past year and look forward to the year ahead with your continuing
support of our efforts to strive for a healthy return of Wild Atlantic salmon to the Nepisiguit River.

In the spring of 2021, a Protocol Agreement (MOU) was signed between the NSA and Pabineau First Nations to confirm their
commitment to work collaboratively on the preservation of the Atlantic salmon on the Nepisiguit.

Approximately 76,000 eyed eggs were received from Charlo SEC and then processed through the streamside incubation boxes at the
NB Power dam site at Nepisiguit Falls. 74,000 fry were stocked in the Nepisiguit River, Pabineau Brook, Gordon Meadow Brook and
Little River [partnering with Pabineau First Nation {PFN}

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Full PDF available here (Both English and French)

Jan 22/2022

 Excellent Year for these good people!

NSA and Pabineau 2021 Field Report Final


 

DFO has initiated consultations on updating the 2019 to 2021 Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation Implementation Plan. This seems to be an opportunity for the input of conservation organizations and other stakeholders, such as our website followers, to provide input into the priority actions that this Plan should address. If interested, prepare comments on any of the slides in the attached PDF of a PowerPoint on the process. Comments should be addressed to DFO’s Atlantic Salmon Co-ordinator: Sarah Tuziak - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In our comments The NB Salmon Council stressed the need for specific actions to address problems, not more study.

 PDF Powerpoint

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Bryant Freeman

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