31 Years of Conservation
In February 2009 we celebrated our 30th birthday! SPAWN started because salmon stocks were being wiped out by an out of control commercial fishery. It has been a long hard struggle to preserve and enhance our Atlantic Salmon stocks. Conservation has not always been a popular course. However we stuck to our guns and good progress is slowly evident. In an effort to improve stocks SPAWN has fought for:
– Saner placement of cod traps and no retention of salmon caught in those traps.
– Similar restrictions on baitnets.
– Identified that eel fisherman needed to change to fyke nets in the river to not retain parr. Problem fixed!
– Involved ourselves in blasting a ladder for salmon at Southwest Brook.
– Cleared obstructions at Bear Cove Brook.
– Helped DFO with counting spawning redds many times.
– Managed and got funding for a fair number of counting fences over the years.
– Became involved in and got funding for quite a few scientific projects such as electro fishing and genone sampling.
– Produced our annual magazine SPAWNER, an important conservation and environmental magazine for over 30 years.
In January 2009 we held our annual board meeting and agreed to amongst other work:
– Held our annual auction on May 9th.
– Participate in workshops.
– Produced our annual SPAWNER magazine.
– Invite two biologists fom the Provincial Wildlife Division to update us on trout research here and in Labrador.
– Issue our newsletters.
– Support efforts to rememdy migration problems at Bear Cove Brook in SW NFLD by attending provincial meetings and participating in current issues.
– Meet several times with Corner Brook Pulp & Paper regarding buffer zones near tributaries.
– Participate in the planning process for Salmon Management Zones.
– Have three summer students working on Harry’s River and the Corner Brook Stream (where we’ll operate a trap for the first time).
– Removal of obstructions and an old wooden bridge on Camp 11 brook, a tributary of the Harry’s River system.
As an affiliate of the SCNL (Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador) we’ll provide input that’s used to help develop future Salmon Management Plans. We’ll work cooperatively with other affiliates around the province and continue to support ASF (Atlantic Salmon Federation) as an affiliate. We also liaise in an ongoing manner with both levels of Government.
Our Newsletters, website and magazine will continue to provide members with updates on the salmon scene in Newfoundland and Labrador.