Salmon population continues to decline

The Chronicle Herald

The number of salmon returning to Atlantic Canadian rivers continues to decline.

According to the Atlantic Salmon Federation, 2019 saw the third lowest rate of salmon returning to rivers to breed in 49 years of record-keeping.

The group released its 2020 State of Wild Atlantic Salmon report on Thursday.

The document gathers available data sources ranging from counting-fence reports in Labrador to angler reports in Cape Breton, compares them to historical results, and comes up with regional estimates on returns.

“There is no surprise here,” said Bill Taylor, president of the Atlantic Salmon Federation.

“We’ve been on a downward trend for quite a number of years. In fact over the last 50 years we’ve seen a 75 per cent decline of adult Atlantic salmon returning to Canadian rivers.”

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