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The Dept. of Justice, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division (FWED), now has a toll free Poaching Hotline.
Call the FWED at 1-877-820-0999 to Report Poachers 24 hours a day.
Let’s hook the poachers!
SPAWN decided at the recent board meeting to go ahead with a 2017 SPAWNER Magazine. If you have a story and photos to share please send them along to us at email@example.com
We’d like to get the material as soon as possible because it means we can publish earlier, once everything is in.
This is an angling magazine by and for anglers…We need your help to make it happen. Thanks!!
Sept 27th, 2016
The proposed Placentia bay aquaculture project is suppose to use netting and gear that is ice proof, however the designer of the equipment says it’s never been tested for our ice conditions.
Here is what a long time resident of Placentia bay has to say about ice. As we have proof now that farmed fish are mating with wild Salmon, one more farmed Salmon escape is too much. SPAWN believes land based aquaculture is the only viable option for Newfoundland.
The sea ice situation in Placenta Bay is a huge consideration. Many winters (not all but most) the formation of local sea ice is a huge factor in Placentia Bay. When it moves everything in its path like moorings and mobile gear and infrastructure goes with it. I have seen local wharves with substantial foundations shifted and often destroyed. Furthermore, there has been at least 5 years in the last 35 where the Labrador Current has taken huge bodies of Arctic sea ice and Labrador sea ice right down the coast, around Cape St. Mary’s and right up into Placentia Bay on the East side and then drifted out the Central Channel and out the Western Side of the Bay. Everything in its path like navigational buoys and mobile fishing gear that was not removed in-time, went with it. Even more ominous within the large bodies of ice has been the famed ice bergs, which spares nothing it its path. An inordinate amount of resources are dedicated to removing oil installations from the path of icebergs in the oil fields off the East Coast of NL. Large and expensive ocean-going towing supply tugs are on constant standby to perform the duties of towing icebergs out of the path of oil installations. To think that aquaculture nets moored in Placentia Bay would not endure the same fate is the proverbial “head in the sand” syndrome. And, if a sea ice event starts to occur at any given period in the future in Placenta Bay, removing pens from the path of drifting sea ice and icebergs with millions of salmon contained in them is NOT an option. Guess what happens after that!
I have lived in the northern most section of Placentia Bay for the last 36 years in the community of North Harbour. I have stood witness to these effects. I have also been a professional Marine Traffic Regulator, stationed at one point in my career with the Canadian Coast Guard at Placentia Traffic in Argentia. It was my business to understand the effects of sea conditions brought on by wind, heavy seas, tides and currents and my training reinforced this. My experience in Placentia Bay tells me it is one of the most volatile sea bodies on the planet. Future climate change trends giving rise to hurricanes and its collateral effects in areas like Placentia Bay is another situations that layers an already ugly picture brought on my ice. The future of open pen aquaculture in Placentia Bay does not look good against this backdrop.
Sept 7th, 2016
Salmon Season closings announced:
Aquaculture’s real revolution is on land
Posted September 6th, 2016
Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador calls for Minister’s resignation
July 26th, 2016
“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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
2016 SPAWNER Magazine
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
(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!)
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.Â 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
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.
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.Â 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.
(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. The genome includes both the genes and the non-coding sequences of the DNA/RNA.)
For just $25 a new member will get all of the above plus discounts at 9 dealers!!.
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.