JUVENILE ATLANTIC SALMON POPULATION ASSESSMENT
This project continually monitors the juvenile (fry and parr) Atlantic salmon population in the Hammond River. In recent years between 13 and 17 sites have been electrofished annually. These datasets watershed to build on historical data that date back to 1979! Since 1979, the Atlantic salmon population has been slowly declining (see figure below).
In 2016, we found more than twice as many Atlantic salmon than in 2015. However, in 2017 the number of fry found declined. The HRAA assessed 15 sites in 2017. Overall the Brook trout population increased..
Populations of Atlantic Salmon and Brook trout are known to fluctuate. Overall, there has been a significant decline in the Hammond River Atlantic salmon population since 1979. The HRAA will continue to conduct these surveys annually, and we hope to see this positive trend continue into the future. Several years of increasing salmon counts would be needed to conclude that the population is improving.
Our project (Hammond River Juvenile Atlantic Salmon Population Assessment) is funded in part by the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund. This Wildlife Trust Fund obtains a portion of its revenue from the purchase of conservation plates by New Brunswick residents who are interested in conservation. Seven dollars ($7) from each conservation plate purchase goes into that fund annually. These funds are awarded to projects such as ours by the Minister of Natural Resources following review and recommendation by an independent board of 17 volunteers. Revenue from license plates is critical in furthering conservation efforts in our province so please consider purchasing conservation plates with your next car purchase to enable the NB Wildlife Trust Fund to continue to provide financial support for worthy projects.