Call in your tips to Crimestoppers - 1-800-222 TIPS (8477)
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.
Since the recent budget cuts to the fisheries and wildlife enforcement division, our members have been voicing their opinions through our members voice page. Have a
read to see what they think about these cuts. In the meantime read this article from todays Telegram in St. John's, courtesy of our board member Keith Piercey.
St. Anthony-based Save Our Char Committee announces migration study on rare Artic char.
ASCF - $15,000 Funding for SPAWN/Provincial Initiative!
(ASCF is the Atlantic Salmon
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.
(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.)
MORE VIDEOS for members!!
EIGHT great salmon
related videos have just been added to the "For
Fly Tyers" section of the website under "Fly
Speed Limit imperative on Lower Humber!A delegation from SPAWN met last week with the Little Rapids Local Improvement District to give a presentation on Lower Humber PWC (Personal Water Craft) Safety. The emphasis was on SAFETY for users, which includes, canoeists, rafters, swimmers, anglers and other boaters. We presented a folder full of testimonials from persons who came close to being swamped or injured due to high speed PWCs - Mainly the so-called Jet Boats). The wake generated by those craft is huge and anyone in a small boat or in the water, is definitely in danger of being placed in a tense situation.
What we want to see is the imposition of a speed limit, say 15 mph. Let me emphasize that we are NOT looking for a PWC ban. All we want is protection for river users and that by God isn't asking for anything unreasonable - that my friends is common sense!! If those craft want to "open-up", there's 18 miles of Deer Lake water and the huge expanse of the Bay of Islands to speed on.
Lets have this in place before this season gets underway - for the SAFETY OF ALL USERS.