Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Numbers of Wild Salmon in Eastern Canada Dropping

The numbers of wild salmon in eastern Canada's rivers have dropped dramatically in the last two decades. The Atlantic Salmon Federation (AFS)is trying to learn why the wild salmon fish are disappearing.

"I've likened this to a murder," said ASF scientist, Fred Worisk. "The smolts are heading out to the ocean and there's a murder and we don't know when or where the murder is occurring. So it's awfully difficult to finger the culprit."

Last spring, the ASF tagged 200 salmon smolts with microphone receivers to track their movements from rivers in the province of New Brunswick to the Strait of Belle Isle. Some salmon died in the rivers, while others died in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Out of the intial 200, only 7 salmon fish made it to the Straight and they appeared quite healthy.

"They're bigger," said Canadian scientist Paul Brooking. "They've been feeding. They're growing and on their way to their winter feeding grounds."

The scientists will conduct further tests to pinpoint specific areas along these particular water routes where the salmon have died.

Canadian aboriginal artists create some great artwork of salmon fish. See some examples of Canadian aboriginal art salmon fish carvings at Free Spirit Gallery.

canadian aboriginal art salmon fish carvings

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