Salmon People Share Successes and Failures

Salmon people will share success, failure in recovery efforts

26 Aug 2013 09:09AM

Atlantic salmon people want to know what works and what does not in attempts to save this threatened anadromous fish.

They will address the issue at an international workshop Sept. 18-19 at Chamcook where 32 presenters will share their successes, failures and best practices in salmon recovery programs across eastern North America.

The Atlantic Salmon Federation is hosting the recovery workshop to promote collaboration among stakeholder groups, scientists and managers, ASF Director of Research Jonathon Carr, organizer of this event, said in a news release.

“Atlantic salmon are an immensely important species, both economically, ecologically and culturally. Wherever salmon are found, people are working to conserve them,” Carr said.

“This conference will allow us to synthesize these local efforts into a broader, multi-national strategy.”

The workshop will allow people working on recovery programs to get together and compare notes. “There exists a great deal of peer-reviewed, published research on salmon conservation, but recovery programs and strategies that were not successful rarely get published.

For those interested in salmon recovery, knowing what doesn’t work is equally as important as knowing what does,” Carr said in the news release. So far 80 people had registered, with another 20 to 30 showing interest, enough to tax the ASF’s meeting facilities, Manager of Public Information Livia Goodbrand said Thursday. “It’s a good problem to have.”

Dr. Ian Fleming from the Memorial University of Newfoundland will deliver the keynote address, “The genetics of salmon recovery: what is success?”

The program will cover the heartbreak trying to bring the salmon back to rivers draining into Passamaquoddy Bay not far from the ASF’s headquarters immediately outside St. Andrews.

International resource planner Lee Sochasky from St. Andrews will speak on “The rise and fall of Atlantic salmon restoration on the St. Croix.”

Carr will speak on “One step forwards, two steps back: obstacles to salmon recovery in the Magaguadavic.” Other presentations will deal with the Nashwaak, Restigouche and Nepisiguit rivers. The Miramichi Salmon Association’s Mark Hambrook will also speak.