Photo Credit: Donald Fougere
The Hammond River Angling Association’s (HRAA) mandate is to protect and preserve the Hammond River watershed through education, conservation and community interaction. This membership based group is an affiliate of the Atlantic Salmon Federation and the NB Salmon Council, provincial watershed and environmental groups, community organizations and schools throughout the region. The HRAA has engaged in many Atlantic salmon habitat and population enhancement programs since its inception. Some of these programs include stocking fish, electrofishing for juvenile salmon, salmon spawning assessments, wetland restoration projects and bank stabilization by tree planting. The HRAA also runs an environmental summer camp, a school education program and community education volunteer activities to promote watershed stewardship.
The HRAA has come along way since our humble origins as a group of concerned anglers wanting to protect the Hammond River and its Atlantic salmon population. The first meetings were held in a basement with 45-50 people in attendance. It wasn't until the late 1990's that the HRAA was finally set up in a proper building, with land donated by Arthur Irving and materials donated by Jim Irving. Today, the HRAA still resides in that lodge, known as the Hammond River Conservation Center. We have approximately 225 members, a 12 person Board of Directors, 2 full time staff, many summer staff, a popular nature camp, and over 10 research, conservation and education projects on the go each year.