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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

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

DFO has asked for input on Offsetting and Habitat Banking on two draft documents: the Policy for Applying Measures to Offset Harmful Impacts to Fish and Fish Habitat (Offsetting Policy), and the Guidelines for Establishing and Managing Fish Habitat Banks (Banking Guidelines).  Click here to download the attached PDF file. 

The commenting period is now closed.  The NBSC did submit to DFO on this matter following a vote ratifying the input at a Board of Directors meeting December 3, 2023. 

The basic premise of the proposed change as to how HADD (Harmful Alteration Disruption or Destruction) impacts to aquatic habitat and remuneration for those impacts are managed.  DFO is proposing to move to a banking of credits somewhat like the New Brunswick wetland compensation system utilized in New Brunswick and elsewhere.  This is a change NBSC has been promoting for a few years now.  Currently a proponent proposed to build a mine, a bridge, or a pipeline and impacts to aquatic cannot be avoided so they enter into an agreement with DFO to create or enhance aquatic habitat elsewhere and usually nearby with the same type of habitat and so on.  Enhancement projects are tied to the development and are not available to other entities who may want to conduct the project for a different project.  The introduction of off-sets and banking allows projects to be completed anytime to generate credits that can be applied to future projects but in the meantime the credits are “put in the bank” to be utilized later.  The details are available at the links above but basically NBSC sees this as an improvement over the current system.

Our response discussed many of the current and proposed pitfalls with these systems and suggested improvements to the proposed system.

Gary Spencer, P. Eng

Habitat Committee Chair.

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

Click here to download

A ceremony was held on the Pollet River on October 13 to provide a traditional blessing and celebrate the efforts of the Fort Folly Habitat Recovery Program and their partners i restoring Atlantic salmon to the Pollett River. 
For over 20 years, Fort Folly First Nation's Habitat Recovery program has been a leader in the recovery of the Inner Bay of Fundy's endangered Atlantic salmon populations.  Their dedication and work is known around the world in the Atlantic salmon conservation community and has been formally recognized through their presentation of the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation and by the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization.  
In collaboration with Parks Canada and other federal and provincial government agencies, Cooke Aquaculture, the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association, the Petitcodiac Sportsman's Club and numerous volunteers, their work this year culminated the release of approximately 800 adult salmon into the river to spawn naturally and contribute to the restoration of the Petitcodiac's Atlantic salmon population.
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