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Sept 7th/2016

Salmon Season closings announced:

DFO Newfoundland Labrador
Salmon and Trout Angling Season Closures
 
DFO reminds anglers that the salmon and trout retention angling seasons will close on September 7, 2016 in insular Newfoundland (Gander River salmon excepted) and Sept 15th for Zones 1, 2, and 14B in Labrador.
 
Atlantic Salmon closures:
Insular Newfoundland:
 
– All zones will close to salmon angling on September 7, 2016.
 
– Fall release angling is permitted on the Lower Humber, Gander, and Lower Exploits Rivers from September 8, 2016, to October 7, 2016. Retention is only permitted on the Gander River.
 
Labrador:
 
Zones 1, 2, and 14B will close to salmon angling on September 15, 2016.
 
Trout closures:
 
– Zone 1 (Insular Newfoundland) will close to angling on September 7, 2016.
 
– Brown and rainbow trout angling in selected areas on the Avalon Peninsula and East Coast areas will continue until October 7, 2016.
 
– Zones 2 and 4 in Labrador will close to angling on September 7, 2016.
Zones 3, 5 and 6 will close to angling on September 15, 2016.
 
– These closures include the Churchill River Drainage Basin Watershed which closes on September 7, 2016, and the Eagle Plateau Management Zone which closes on September 15, 2016.
 
For specific details, visit the 2016-2017 Angler’s Guide on-line at www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/NL/AG/anglersguide
 
Anglers are reminded to complete their Salmon Angling Log. Angling log data is an important tool in the stock assessment process. If you purchased a license and did not fish, it is important to let us know. If you did fish please record your daily angling activity as accurately as possible. Check the appropriate box and submit your form.
 
The Salmon Angling Log can be found online at:
 
www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/NL/Angling
 
Play a part in conserving the resource. Submit your form today.
 
For information, contact:
Jason Simms
Resource Management
Tel. (709) 772-2045
E-mail: jason.simms@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

 

Aquaculture’s real revolution is on land

Posted September 6th, 2016

 

The same kind of enthusiasm and optimism expressed in a recent commentary by the executive director of the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association for the promise of industrial aquaculture to feed the hungry of the world was heard decades earlier during the Green Revolution in agriculture.
 
 
Prompted by a series of famines in the 1940s and concerns about a growing world population, the Green Revolution began putting to use new and emerging science and technology to develop high-yielding cereal grains, genetically modify crops, produce synthetic fertilizers, build massive irrigation infrastructure and manufacture an arsenal of pesticides and herbicides.
 
 
It has been said that the Green Revolution “super-charged” our ability to produce food. It also displaced small-scale mixed farms and replaced them with large-scale monoculture operations owned by vertically-integrated corporations. There has been a decline in agricultural biodiversity where only a few varieties of high-yielding crops are now grown world-wide. This type of agriculture required a massive increase in the use of synthetic fertilizers which have polluted coastal and freshwater ecosystems. Farmlands have been turned into deserts and insects and diseases have developed resistance to pesticides and antibiotics.
 
 
Similar issues now plague industrial aquaculture.
 
 
Open net pen fish farms operate like industrial feedlots in coastal waters. They generate large quantities of wastes (200 mt for every 1000 mt of production) and the cost of waste disposal is paid by the environment, not the industry. All the science and technology being pressed into the service of expanding industrial salmon feedlots have not succeeded in keeping fish or the environment healthy. It has failed to prevent the desertification of sea bottoms, eliminate the release of chemical pollutants, prevent interactions between farmed and wild salmon populations and prevent the outbreak and spread of pests and diseases.
 
 
Like industrial agriculture, the fish farming industry has enlisted the power of science and technology to make improvements in their operations. Most of their effort has been directed to improving production and efficiency. Automated feeding has reduced the number of workers needed to operate a single farm. Underwater cameras have helped to improved feed efficiency.And, a genetically modified salmon that will grow faster has been developed but not approved for commercial production.
 
The hungry of the world are not eating Canadian farmed salmon, mussels or oysters. Those products are feeding us tubby and over-fed North Americans and Europeans. I can’t think of an instance when an emergency shipment of farmed salmon was sent to Somalia or Ethiopia to feed the starving.
 
 
Farmed fish represents a very small portion (6 per cent) of per capita global protein consumption. According to the most recent data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, plants and animals still represent about 80 per cent of the primary source of protein for most of the world’s population. Globally aquaculture is dominated (89.1 per cent) by seaweeds, crustaceans and freshwater fish production which is land-based. Open net pen farmed salmon represents only 2.8 per cent of global aquaculture production.
 
As for addressing the environmental impacts of open net pen fish farms, changes to the composition of feed pellets have reduced (not eliminated) the use of wild fish and the development of vaccines has reduced (not eliminated) the use of antibiotics. In some jurisdictions, management practices similar to those used in intensive agriculture such as fallowing and a form of crop-rotation referred to as bay management have been introduced.
 
 
Any benefits gained from these improvements have been offset by an increase in farm sites and the number of fish produced per feedlot. Feedlots which once raised 100,000 now raise 300,000 to 700,000 fish and where there were once three or four feedlots, there are now 20. Fallowing and bay management have failed to stop disease and sea lice epidemics or to prevent many salmon farms from routinely requiring some kind of remediation because the sea bottom under their net pens has become so toxic that 60-70% of biological diversity has been lost.
 
 
A more recent proposal to manage fish farm waste is integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA), the process of growing shellfish and seaweeds next to salmon farm to gobble up the excess nutrient and organic wastes. To date, all scientific studies have failed to demonstrate IMTA’s effectiveness.
 
 
In Canada, traditional fisheries still economically and socially out-perform the aquaculture industry. In 2010 Canada’s exports of wild capture fish and seafood products were worth more than $3.4 billion, three times the value of aquaculture exports. Lobster exports exceed aquaculture export. In Atlantic Canada, for every job in aquaculture there are at least 10 jobs in the traditional fisheries.
 
 
Fish farming does have a place in the economic mix of communities but it is on land where, as with other industrial operations, the real and total cost of production is paid by the industry and not the environment and traditional fisheries.
 
 
Inka Milewski is a marine biologist and former science advisor with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.
 

 

Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador calls for Minister’s resignation

July 26th, 2016

 

News Release
Grieg Aquaculture Decision July 26, 2016
 
Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador calls for Minister’s resignation
 
The Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador (SCNL) is appalled by the cowardly and
inexplicable decision by Honourable Perry Trimper, Minister of Environment and Conservation by
releasing the Placentia Bay Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture Project by Grieg NL Nurseries and Seafarms
from further environmental assessment.
 
The fact that the Minister choose to release his decision at 5:20 pm on a Friday afternoon speaks
volumes as we are all familiar with such transparent attempts to announce an indefensible decision at a
time when no one can respond. The Minister could have saved himself the trouble as the stink from this
decision will follow him like the odour of rotting fish.
 
What may be a little less obvious is that the Minister is in violation of the province’s own environmental
legislation. The decision was supposed to be released on April 26 almost 3 months ago according to the
requirements of the legislation and regulations. The Minister conveniently delayed his decision until he
felt everyone had forgotten about Grieg’s proposal and the devastating effects it will have on wild
Atlantic salmon in NL. During this time the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) provided its
approval for the introduction of triploid salmon and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency gave its
approval for the introduction of European triploid salmon to NL.
 
SCNL in its response to the registered documents called for the outright rejection of this
environmentally reckless project. The very least the Minister should have done is followed the
requirements of the regulations and called for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The legislation
and regulations require the Minister to call for an EIS when there is significant public concern expressed
about a project or where there is the potential for significant negative environmental effects. It is hard
to imagine that the public concern for this project could be completely dismissed and the project
released with no significant conditions. The whole process leaves the province in a vulnerable position
for a court challenge.
 
The introduction of European fertilized eggs for this project creates a precedent for Canada in that this is
the first time that salmon of European origin will be used in a Canadian Aquaculture Project. No one
knows how these fish will impact wild Atlantic salmon and there will be no chance to study it.
Apparently the Minister feels it is fine for NL to be the aquaculture guinea pig but Canada will also end
up paying for this precedent setting decision. Unfortunately by the time the negative impacts are
obvious Minister Trimper will likely be gone and will not have to answer for his terrible decision.
The province is also a significant investor for this project putting $45 million of taxpayer’s money into a
very questionable and risky industry. This creates a very clear conflict of interest for the Minister and the
NL Government. How can the Minister objectively assess the environmental review of a project when
his own government including the Premier and the Cabinet have invested $45 million in the project?
Grieg’s proposal will set into motion an absolutely huge net pen aquaculture project in Placentia Bay
which will see an annual production of 33,000 metric tonnes of farmed salmon and seven (7) million
salmon being processed in those pens annually. To put things in perspective the largest commercial
harvest of salmon in NL was 4500 metric tonnes. Also the total world population of large wild Atlantic
salmon is somewhere around 2 million and declining. It is not hard to imagine the potential for negative
impacts on the already threatened local population of wild Atlantic salmon.
 
Grieg proposed this project in several other countries but could not get approval. Little wonder that
Grieg has settled on NL where government not only puts in $45 million but also gives them a free ride
environmentally.
 
Grieg claims in its proposal that there will be no escapes of farmed salmon from its pens and apparently
the Minister believes this even though significant escape is a given part of the finfish aquaculture
industry worldwide. Similarly the industry is plagued by disease such as infectious salmon anemia (ISA),
sea lice and numerous other issues. Grieg promises to eliminate these by following good Norwegian
husbandry practices. Again the Minister buys it but the wild Atlantic salmon of NL will pay for it.
 
SCNL has never been more alarmed by a ministerial decision and has lost all confidence in the
Environmental Assessment Process (EAP). SCNL and its affiliates have participated in good faith in the
EAP for many projects in the past. However this decision shows that the exercise is just that, a complete
waste of time and effort. In SCNL’s view the only honourable thing for the Minister to do is resign.
 
Leo White, Vice President, SCNL
709 753 4034
e-mail
leopwhite@hotmail.com
 

“I’ll have a lb of salmon and hold-the-lice-please!”

SPAWN asked the question –

How many sea-lice can kill a salmon smolt?”….The answers are scary!!!!

  • A study in Norway (in a lab) found 7 to be fatal almost immediately. No studies have been done that I know of in the wild but obviously it would be far far less even if it took some more time. The immediate cause of death is due to bodily fluid disruption (leakage/osmotic balance).
  • But, the lice cause 2 or 3 other main issues. 1) Camouflage disruption (lice ruin the fish’s camo), 2) allow points of infection by breaching the mucus and skin layers, 3) they are proven disease vectors for a range of pathogens like ISAv, PRv, SAv, furunculosis, BKD, etc etc (i.e. nature’s dirty needles). Numbers 2, and 3 are proven in the scientific literature but the camo issue is my theory based on underwater video of salmon with sea lice (the lice practically glow) and basic common sense.
  • Lice have been shown to be able to destroy more than 98% of an entire annual run of smolts from a large healthy salmon river with a substantial run of fish (millions of smolts). One of the largest studies done in Norway showed dramatic negative impacts if a salmon farm was in the bay a salmon river was in.
  • Lice can have a 2 week life cycle and produce 1000 eggs EACH female each cycle. i.e. Trillions per farm site. The eggs in winter remain viable and free floating for MONTHS waiting for the returning spring runs of salmon. The lice can travel and accumulate in gyrs in the ocean to unnatural levels. Ex. the gyr of Bay d’Espoir along our south coast that many Gulf of St Lawrence salmon swim through from over 100 rivers! Remember, the lice are known ISA carriers.

 

Grieg Aquaculture Proposal Reg.#1834 for Placentia Bay

Posted on March 30th, 2016

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!!

YOU can make the difference with 2 simple emails!! It is time for every individual that enjoys salmon fishing to step up to the plate and help out. The proposed aquaculture project for Placentia Bay will destroy the wild salmon just as we have seen right across the globe! Don’t think you shouldn’t worry about it because “It’s not in my bay”….This is a stepping stone. They will not stop with Placentia Bay!

THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS, and your help is needed!

Please do this as soon as possible as the deadline for feedback is coming up on April 26th……Let’s not allow them to wipe out the sport we all love!!! This is the Burin and Avalon Peninsulas….there will be more if they are successful

Step 1 – Send an email to the Director of Environmental Assessment Division (browe@gov.nl.ca) and ask for a paper copy of the Grieg Placentia Bay Aquaculture Proposal; ref. Reg. No. 1834 to be mailed to your home address

Step 2 – Email the Minister of Environment (EAprojectcomments@gov.nl.ca) saying that you object to the Aquaculture expansion proposal for Placentia Bay due to the harmful effects to wild fish. Please ensure you reference the Registration No 1834 in your email. This does not need to be lengthy just a paragraph of why you are opposed

Please do this as soon as possible as the deadline for feedback is coming upon us very very fast……re correlation of declining wild fish to aquaculture production, ISA/Sea lice problems and use of harmful chemicals Steroids and antibiotics use, COSEWIC designation for wild salmon on South Coast as Threatened

Let’s put this into perspective….they will grow more than just south coast. If you like salmon fishing….fly tying etc …without the fish there is no need to do any of this….it will be a thing of the past.

Please do this as soon as possible as the deadline for feedback is coming upon us very very fast……Let’s not allow them to wipe out the sport we all love!!! This is the Burin and Avalon Peninsulas….there will be more if they are successful.

 


Petition to banned open net pens sponsored by MP
Posted March 30th, 2016

This our chance to send the message to Govt. that we don’t want marine salmon cages!  The parliamentary destined petition is sponsored by a Liberal MP from NS.  Open the link…go to the bottom of the age and select “Sign the petition”.  Fill in your information and you’ll get a message  that says… “One last step required… You will receive an email to validate your identity. You must click the link provided in order to complete the signature process.”  It’s that easy!

 The last one from BC generated over 100,000 signatures. Let’s see what we can achieve in NL for a message? – The numbers are already climbing.  Thanks to member Bill Bryden for bringing this to our attention.

  https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-270  

 


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One year anniversary for Kuterra land based Atlantic Salmon aquaculture

Posted May 6th, 2015

Late in 2014 we posted an interview by CBC Fisheries Broadcast on the Kuterra aquaculture project based in B.C. (see below) CBC has followed up with Kuterra on their one year anniversary.

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An opinion piece and letter to the Telegram editor

Posted May 5th, 2015

Two very interesting articles from the Evening Telegram in St. John’s

Save our Salmon – Paul Smith

Straight Talk on Salmon – ASF NL Rep Don Ivany


Twitter!

Posted May 4th, 2015

We’re now tweeting @SPAWNSalar. Follow us and watch our website for the latest Salmon news. 


Advisory meeting/Salmon stock assessment/Aquaculture report

Updated May 4th, 2015

We have just posted a few documents on our news page for you educate yourself on our position we presented at the recent advisory meetings in St. John’s.

SPAWN had two representatives at the meetings in St. John’s on April 23rd.

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SPAWN shares its concern that protection of stocks will degrade.

On January 19th, 2015 we wrote to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Vaughn Granter expressing our concerns for the protection of our salmon stock s in light of the provincial governments plans on cutting the upcoming budget.  Read our letter and the Ministers response.


SPAWN Window Decals

We have added our brand new SPAWN window decals to our SPAWN wear page. $3 at the office, or $5 online*

(* 1st one $5 – then $3 each!!)


Corner Brook stream clean up

We cleaned out the CB stream trap a few times this year. See the photos in the Western Star


 

BC Company Brings First Land-raised Salmon to Market

Beginning at 16:03 min. of the NL Fisheries Broadcast is an interview from a NL perspective with the manager of the KUTERRA project, describing the bringing to market of these land-based salmon.


Atlantic Salmon Can be Farmed on Land

Growing on land, in ultra-clean tank environments, the problems of parasites and disease virtually eliminate the need for antibiotics and other interventions.


Land-based salmon farming is here – with no escaping or diseased fish affecting wild salmon runs

This week ASF hosted an international conference bringing together nearly 90 experts on land-based closed containment aquaculture. With so much detail available, 18 separate blog posts were written, and can be browsed for specific topics. The latest blogs are at the top of the first page.


SPAWN WOULD ENDORSE A LAND BASED ATLANTIC SALMON FARM PILOT PROJECT IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR.

Today we sent out a press release advocating for the removal of open water fish farming in NL. Already we’re getting positive feedback!


Numbers show aquaculture is harming salmon rivers.

Letter to the editor of the Telegram in St. John’s, NL.


 

Site improvements

Recently the board of directors approved two new additions to our web site that will keep our members interested, make our SPAWNER magazine more available, and hopefully bring in more revenue.

The first improvement will be a members-only forum that covers river reports, anglers voice, as well as general fishing discussion. This will make the river reports instantly available, remove the manual hands-on-editing of pages we do now and it will be viewable on all platforms (tablets, phones, traditional computers). The sky is the limit and we’re open to suggestions once we get rolling with it!

The second feature were working on is the implementation of e-SPAWNER. We hope to make available digital versions of our magazine so you can take it on the go. This will make our one of a kind magazine accessible to the world for a cheaper price than our paper version. We have some editions in digital format now, but some work needs to be done to make it available online. (We are continuing to make this a reality  – It’s taking a while but we WILL get it done)

We hope these improvements will agree with you and keep our trend of increasing membership.


We Need Aquacultural Leadership For All

SPAWN member Paul White wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper Telegram.


NOTE!!

(Members can now get discounts at nine dealers in the Province, ranging from 10% to 15 % – Details are sent with your welcome-to-spawn email!)



SPAWN Update
The SPAWNER magazine is “By Anglers and For Anglers” so you just know it is be full of  “The whole truth and nothing but the truth!!”(Have you ever known an angler to exaggerate or lie :O).It’s chock-a-block full of great fly patterns and stories. about Portland Creek, Serpentine, St. Pierre, Labrador, South Coast Diary…salmon science, tips, all for you in one great magazine.

Memberships:  See membership, left, for more information on how to join.  Membership includes the 2015 SPAWNER magazine, Newsletters and regular updates via email. You can also call us to renew or join at 709-634-3012.  Use PayPal,. VISA, MasterCard, Cheque or money order.  Whatever works for you.

MEMBER DISCOUNTS – Another perk for joining is that you’ll be eligible for discounts at a number of places that sell fly tying and angling gear; They range from 10 % to 15%.  Details are sent to members-only and your membership number which contains is unique to you only,  is printed on your card.  The card is also embossed with our seal.

SPECIAL PRICING
Recently we obtained a bulk supply of the book “Rivers of Dreams” by researcher/angler Don Hustins.  And what a book it is too!  The work that went into writing and researching is quickly evident as you read through it and enjoy the photos of big salmon caught in our many rivers.  You can see more details in the left column under “BOOKS”.

The book retails for $29.95 + shipping + HST. (Shipping varies from $15 – $18 so it’s a fair sized saving)

Our discounted price to Atlantic Canada is $25 and includes the shipping and handling. In fact, shipments to the Atlantic Provinces are by Express Post.
Our discounted price outside Atlantic Canada  (National) is $30 because the Express rate jumps up.  The reason for our sending Express Post vs regular parcel is that the price is about the same, plus this way you get the book in a couple of days. …
The USA price is $30 including shipping and goes regular parcel…..A great deal and a chance to own a masterpiece.AND – If the book is picked up at our office it’s just $17, including HST,  because there’s no shipping involved


SCNL

The Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

Provincial Gov. to kill 18 more salmon rivers on South Coast

At recent consultation meetings in Grand Falls-Windsor the Provincial Government presented their Vision 2018 for Aquaculture. Their plan is to double salmonid caged fin fish aquaculture production in the next five years, and to expand east and west of Bay d’ Espoir; from Placentia Bay to Burgeo. We all know that the salmon stocks of the Conne River have been decimated. Now, their plan is to place fin fish cages in the mouths of eighteen more scheduled salmon rivers which will ultimately destroy them. Such rivers as: Cape Rodger, Bay de l’Eau, Long Harbour, Bay du Nord, Grey and White Bear will be destroyed. Everywhere in the world where salmon farms were placed in the mouths of wild salmon rivers the wild salmon stocks were destroyed.

In 2012 almost 6000 rod days were spent angling for wild Atlantic salmon on these south coast rivers, yielding a catch of 2500 fish. Now the hundreds and hundreds of salmon anglers who presently fish these rivers will be deprived their sport or they will have to pick up their own rock to fish the Exploits or Humber Rivers. Can you imagine the line-ups at Bishop Falls? Fifteen deep will be a joke.

Why is the provincial fishery minister pushing so hard to expand, when the current operations are in trouble? One of three operators has filed for bankruptcy protection. We have had six major outbreaks of ISA on the south coast in the past 17 months, resulting in over two million fish having been destroyed and having tax payers compensating private industry over $30 million dollars.

Nova Scotia has placed an eighteen month moratorium on any expansion while an independent commission studies the issue. British Columbia just completed a three year, $18,000,000 commission study by Judge Cohen, who concluded that fin fish aquaculture farms should not be place near wild salmon rivers because if they are place there the wild salmon stocks will be destroyed.

If you want to stop the destruction of salmon rivers on the Newfoundland’s South coast, contact your MHA now.

Don Hutchens
Pres. SCNL
709-753-4968


Book for sale!

We are happy to announce that we have 99 copies of Don Hustins’ new book River of Dreams about Fly-Fishing and Conservation of Atlantic Salmon in Newfoundland and Labrador is now available for purchase through our site using paypal. See our new menu item “Books” to the left or click below.

Our discounted price to Canada is $25 and that includes the shipping and handling. The USA price is $30 including shipping…..A great deal and a chance to own a masterpiece.
AND – If the book is picked up at our office it’s just $17, including HST, because there’s no shipping involved.


Atlantic Salmon Stock Status in Eastern Canada

Attached is some excellent information on salmon stock status in eastern NA, including Labrador, as prepared by the Atantic Salmon Adivory Council. if you like facts and figures this has all you could wish for!


ASCF – $15,000 Funding for SPAWN/Provincial Initiative!

(ASCF is the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation)

“The Potential is there for re- establishing a run of thousands of Atlantic salmon in the Grand Lake system.” Stephen Chase – Executive Director ASCF.

This Genome Project will determine the most genetically appropriate salmon to use as a brood stock source for the recolonization of the watershed area above the Grand Lake Dam. A drainage of approximately 503,000 hectares.  Thus, ensuring greater reintroduction success.

Anadromous Atlantic salmon in the Grand Lake system, Humber River, were eliminated as a result of the construction of a dam at its outlet (1925). It has been proposed that enhancement techniques, used in the past to introduce salmon into previously uninhabited areas of river systems, could be applied to the tributaries of the Grand Lake system (O’Connell, DFO 2011). Specifically, brood stocks taken from the Humber River would be used to recolonize areas above the Grand Lake dam.

Critical to the success of such an initiative would be ensuring that the most genetically suitable strains are selected for introduction into the Grand lake system. Therefore, land locked salmon stocks sampled from Grand Lake tributaries will be genetically compared to stocks sampled from Humber River tributaries to determine which anadromous Humber sub-group is most suitable as brood stock.

Beginning this Spring a Provincial team of students, led by Senior Aquatics Biologist, Rob Perry, will collect fish samples from the many Upper Humber tributaries using electro-fishing equipment.  Samples will also be collected from anglers at the Tailrace of the Deer Lake Powerhouse where numerous salmon gather in summer.

Once the material is collected and a database established the samples will go to a Lab at Memorial University of Newfoundland where DNA analysis will be conducted.  The DNA information will be compared to the DNA from samples of Landlocked salmon collected in the Grand Lake system.

A similar smaller-scale study was done at Corner Brook Stream where salmon from Humber River and Hughes Brook were introduced.  Upon DNA analysis, scientists at Dalhousie University found a dominant “marker” that was unique from that of the Hughes and Humber fish.  That marker was identified as coming from the salmon that were landlocked in 1925 when dams blocked the salmon run.  That DNA is now the dominant one in fish that return to the river.

Project details will be finalized in the next few weeks.

Keith Cormier
President
SPAWN


(In modern molecular biology and genetics, the genome is the entirety of an organism’s hereditary information. It is encoded either in DNA or, for many types of viruses, in RNA.[1] The genome includes both the genes and the non-coding sequences of the DNA/RNA.[2])


Membership renewals

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Good reasons to join, along with the fact you are supporting one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s oldest salmon conservation groups (founded in 1979).


Newfoundland’s first Self-Help book for sale! Paul White donates to SPAWN through sale of his book.

Paul White has generously offered to donate 50% of every book purchase through our site to SPAWN. His book is titled “Fishing for Reality”. Loaded with nuggets of wisdom from his Grandfather’s Life Philosophy combined with fly-fishing examples and stories, this book will help you better lead your life ship in our current world of accelerated change and development.

You might recognize Paul’s work as his articles appear in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 SPAWNER.


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