Rattling Brook Salmon Restoration Project
This year’s activities revolved around organizing the first year of a 5 year program that included: obtaining and reporting on a transfer license from DFO, negotiating with two helicopter companies and selecting the one that would give us the best deal for air-lifting the Salmon from the Great Rattling Brook capture site to the release sites, building, installing, running and removing the trap in the Fish way; capturing and releasing 400 Atlantic salmon into the Rattling Brook watershed with two release sites being Dowd Pond and Frozen Ocean. The activities associated with this transfer involved 4 personnel from DFO, 4 from ERMA, 3 from the Committee, 4 volunteers and the pilot. The transfer program was undertaken over a five day period after 6 false starts due to high water levels and bad weather. We also applied to have the river reclassification process started as the Rattling Brook watershed rivers/tributaries will have to become scheduled rivers.