Hot Temps, Little Rain Contributed to Low Returns

CBC News - NL

Hot temps, little rain contributed to poor salmon returns

Aug 25, 2014 6:03 AM NT

It's been a particularly rough summer for the salmon population in Newfoundland and Labrador, and now the group that works to protect the fish says it needs extra help because of low salmon runs.

Every year, the Atlantic Salmon Federation holds fundraising dinners, to raise money to help support the restoration and protection of wild Atlantic salmon.

The federation said this year is of particular importance, with poor Atlantic salmon returns reported in many North American rivers.

The hot, scorching weather experienced on the island in July took a toll on salmon rivers.

The federation said that kind of heat can be lethal to adult salmon.

At one point, almost half of the 83 rivers were closed to anglers.

Most of the rivers are located in central Newfoundland, where hot temperatures, sunshine and little precipitation were the norm for the entire month of July.

The federation is holding fundraising dinners in three Canadian cities ó St. Johnís, Saint John and Ottawa.

In the U.S., events will be held in Chicago and New York City.