Atlantic salmon smolt research on te Miramichi river 2022
Adult Atlantic Salmon returns to the Miramichi River in 2019 were the lowest on record, according to DFO (Fisheries and Oceans Science Branch), with 2020 numbers stating the same. Understanding if smolt targets are being met for the Northwest Miramichi, which has had the poorest adult returns for decades, is important for determining if lack of smolts leaving the river is responsible for the reduced number of adults returning or if it is mortality of smolts migrating to the ocean and back. Smolt production on the Northwest Miramichi River will be estimated. The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) will use smolts for an acoustic tracking study, in conjunction with this estimate, to determine the number of smolts leaving the estuary. Fisheries and Oceans Science Branch (DFO) will collect smolts to determine the effects of episodic acid and aluminum events on smolts. Smolts may also be provided to other organizations that have obtained a science collection permit from DFO. This research will be a collaboration between the MSA, Anqotum (an AAROM body through North Shore MicMac District Council), ASF and DFO (operators of adult estimate traps).
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