Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation awards funding for 22 N.B. projects

Over $330,000 has been awarded to 22 wild Atlantic salmon conservation projects in New Brunswick. 

The money was awarded by the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation, which supports conservation efforts in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.

Executive director Stephen Chase says the money will help to protect the "fragile and vulnerable salmon stocks" in the province.

The projects span a cross-section of areas of the province where wild Atlantic salmon and their habitat can be found, and five of the projects are focused on initiatives by researchers at the University of New Brunswick.

In total, the foundation awarded nearly $1.1 million to a total of 71 projects in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec.

The 22 projects in New Brunswick include:

Conseil de Gestion du Bassin Versant de la rivière Restigouche: Fall count of brood salmon- Restigouche River.
Amount: $10,400 for 2017 (3rd year of 3 year project, total: $31,200).

University of New Brunswick (Samways): Restoring ecosystem health and increasing progeny fitness through marine reared native adult Atlantic salmon introductions.
Amount: $28,000 for 2017 (3rd year of 3 year project, total: $84,000)

University of New Brunswick (Cunjak): Patterns in the abundance and distribution of Atlantic salmon in Maritime Rivers.
Amount: $25,000 (2nd year of 2 year project, total: $50,000)

University of New Brunswick (Duffy): Identification of Ectoparasites infecting Outer Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon.
Amount: $17,500 (2nd year of 2 year project, total: $35,000)

Association des Bassins Versants de la Grande et Petite Rivière Tracadie: Evaluation and strategic planning in the Grande Rivière Tracadie watershed.
Amount: $10,000 (1st year of 3 year project, total: $30,000)

Bassins versants de la baie des Chaleurs: Restoration of Atlantic salmon habitat in Jacquet River and tributaries.
Amount: $10,000

Comité Sauvons Nos Rivières Neguac: Ecological restoration of degraded aquatic habitats in Godin Brook and McKnight Brook.
Amount: $8,452

Conseil de gestion du bassin versant de la rivière Restigouche: Reduction of sediments input from Five Fingers Brook 2017.
Amount: $9,500

Eel River Bar First Nation: Eel River Recovery Project 2017.
Amount: $20,000

Fort Folly First Nation: Restoring iBoF Atlantic salmon to the Petitcodiac River through Live Gene Bank contributions and Fundy Salmon Recovery approach.
Amount: $30,500

Friends of the Kouchibouguacis: Atlantic Salmon-Kouchibouguacis watershed (education, egg incubation, restoration and monitoring) 2017.
Amount: $20,000

Hammond River Angling Association: Hammond River Smolt Assessment 2017.
Amount: $7,000

Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee: Closing Data and Restoration Gaps in the Kennebecasis.
Amount: $15,000 (1st year of 2 year project, total: $25,000)

Miramichi River Environmental Assessment Committee: Bartholomew River Atlantic Salmon Management Plan: Development & Implementation.
Amount: $12,000 (1st year of 2 year project, total: $24,000)

Miramichi Salmon Association: Enhancing critically important wild Atlantic salmon habitat in the Miramichi River watershed.
Amount: $15,500

Nashwaak Watershed Association: Protecting and restoring MacPherson Brook, an important cold-water tributary to the Nashwaak River.
Amount: $10,500

Nashwaak Watershed Association: Assessing and Restoring Aquatic Connectivity in the Lower Nashwaak River.
Amount: $12,175 (1st year of 2 year project, total: $24,350)

Nepisiquit Salmon Association: Nepisiquit Salmon Assessement and Enhancement 2017.
Amount: $10,500

Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance: Broken Brooks: Assessing and Remediating Culverts in the Petitcodiac and Memramcook River Watersheds.
Amount: $16,500

Shediac Bay Watershed Association: Salmonid Habitat Remediation and Restoration.
Amount: $10,000

Southeastern Anglers Association: Undertaking a Survey on Atlantic Salmon Population and Habitat in Bouctouche and Cocagne Watersheds.
Amount: $6,000

University of New Brunswick (Linnansaari): Monitoring returning Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) population size in Miramichi River using imaging sonar.
Amount: $25,500

Total Grants for New Brunswick projects: $330,027, plus the following Applied Science funding of $39,500

University of New Brunswick (Linnansaari): Migration and survival of smolt, post-spawning (kelt) and adult Atlantic salmon in hydropower regulated Saint John River, New Brunswick.
Amount: $26,500 for 2017 (3rd year of 3 year project, total: $118,500).

Restigouche River Watershed Management Council: Watershed-scale connectivity analysis: An applied GIS model towards the strategic management of barriers to Atlantic salmon migration.
Amount: $13,000 for 2017 (1st year of 2 year project, total: $26,000).