Salmon numbers continue to decline
The Atlantic Salmon Federation says the Wild Atlantic salmon population dropped overall last year by 15 per cent, compared to 2016.
In their State of the Population report, the federation points out that only half of the 84 rivers assessed in North American met the minimum conservation limit required for safely sustaining the species.
Here in the Miramichi River system, the numbers were down 20 per cent for large salmon.
The federation says not enough fish are returning from the sea to their home rivers.
The report is also critical of open pen salmon farming, saying that if farm salmon escape, they can mate with wild salmon, producing offspring unable to survive in the wild.