St. Andrews, NB (PRWEB) July 24, 2014
The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) commends the Fédération Québécoise pour le Saumon Atlantique (FQSA) for calling on the Quebec government to implement mandatory live release of all Atlantic salmon over 63 centimeters due to low numbers.
Recognizing that both salmon and grilse (mature salmon less than 63 cm long) numbers are low in many rivers so far this season, ASF urges anglers throughout eastern Canada to release all the salmon they catch, whether large or small.
“We are well into the season when Atlantic salmon migrate back to their home rivers from far-away feeding grounds and indications are that, for the majority of rivers, these returns are down for both large salmon and grilse,” said ASF President Bill Taylor.
ASF strongly promotes live release, especially in rivers that are not meeting their conservation limits.
“It will pay anglers to exercise caution by carefully releasing all their salmon and grilse to ensure they spawn and contribute to sustainable runs in future years,” said Taylor. “Despite our hope that runs are just late, it is possible that the decreased numbers we are seeing now will not improve much during the remainder of the 2014 season.”
Quebec is the only province in Canada where anglers can kill large Atlantic salmon. In 2013, anglers fishing in Quebec killed 2,932 large salmon which was an increase over the 2,680 large salmon killed in 2012. Last year, throughout eastern Canada, anglers killed 35,627 grilse, an increase of 5,174 over the 30,453 killed in 2012.
Tips for a successful live release (research shows that when utilizing proper techniques and with good conditions, survival is virtually 100%):
ASF River Notes (for updates on salmon returns and more): http://atlanticsalmonfederation.org/rivernotes/
The Atlantic Salmon Federation is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of wild Atlantic salmon and the ecosystems on which their well-being and survival depend. ASF has a network of seven regional councils (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Maine and Western New England). The regional councils cover the freshwater range of the Atlantic salmon in Canada and the United States.
ASF Contact: Holly Johnson, Manager of Public Information: (506)529-1033(o)
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