Projects

Genetic investigation of stock suitability for re-introduction of anadromous salmon above the Grand Lake dam

Recipient: Salmon Preservation Association for the Waters of Newfoundland
Approved Amount: $15,000

This project will determine the most genetically appropriate salmon to use as a brood stock source for the recolonization of the watershed area above the Grand Lake Dam (5,030 km2).  Anadromous Atlantic salmon in the Grand Lake system, Humber River were eliminated as a result of the construction of a dam at its outlet (1925). Critical to the success of a reintroduction initiative is to ensure that the most genetically suitable strains are selected for introduction into the Grand lake system. Therefore, land locked salmon stocks sampled from Grand Lake tributaries will be genetically compared to stocks sampled from Humber River tributaries to determine which anadromous Humber sub-group is most suitable as brood stock.

Contact: Vance Belbin, 709-634- 6124, vbelbin@nf.sympatico.ca