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I'm not sure how to link the article? I was just wondering how this will play out or whether it's illegal to keep an endangered species even tho they are farmed fish? I'm also wondering how they will effect the native species? Could an Atlantic salmon population survive in the pacific? Fisherman have caught them recently which means they are there. The farming company said they would all die because they wouldn't feed. I thought that was kinda ridiculous.
COUNTRY HAVEN MIRAMICHI posted a blog entry in Fishing ReportsJune 26th - Miramichi River Report April Vokey, Chilliwack BC with the Country Haven crew Landed by April Vokey Wade Evans, Clifton Forge VA June 26th - The 2014 summer fishing season on the Miramichi has been under way now for over a week and the first week was nothing to write home about, however, the past three days have looked promising - probably as a result of the high numbers of fish that passed through the trap net near Chatham on Friday. 28 Salmon and 42 Grilse were counted. We all know that these counts are not always accurate as the numbers counted represent only 5-10 percent of the actual numbers of fish entering the system, but it suggests that there could have been between 700 to 1400 fresh fish entering the system on Friday. The days before and after Friday have seen lower numbers so it's tough to know the true numbers from these counters - so much depends on the conditions each day. High Water, low water, and sometimes, with very high water when fish like to travel the most due to dirt and debris in the rivers, these counters are sometimes not used for days. Overall however, it does give an idea of approximately how many fish are entering the system and on high number days we can usually see the results upriver within a few days with more fish sightings and hookups Since Sunday there have been higher numbers moving past our stretch of river. Yesterday, from noon into the evening, we have seen the greatest numbers this year resulting in some nice salmon being hooked on both the Main Southwest and the Renous rivers. Traditionally - with the exception of the Rockey Brook Salmon that enter the Main River early June - the Main river summer season has always been the best from late June or early July on. In the past few years, however, some anglers have become spoiled with good fishing from early June on. This year, with a later spring and colder ocean water, many locals think the better fishing should be just starting. Last week saw more Striped Bass hooked than Salmon and some of them were over three feet long. Taken on #6 and #8 Salmon flies, some were hooked as far upriver as the Doaktown area. Stripers generally put up a so-so fight and are not quite as much fun to catch when you are fishing for Salmon. With the better daily numbers of Salmon we are now seeing and the water at a good height and temperature after a couple of rainy days, we are really looking forward to some good summer fishing over the next few weeks The fish we did land this week were landed on #6 White Wing, Butterflies and #6 Christmas Trees Our first 2014 Summer Fishing season Atlantic Salmon was landed by April Vokey. April and crew will be fishing with us again from October the 10th through the 15th. For more information, contact us at: www.flyfishingatlanticsalmon.com/
Gray Ghost Productions Blog: Rolling On Salmon Take 2 - The Penobscot River Salmo salar. Arguably translated as “the leaper,” this Latin term describes a fish whose attempts at doing what it is genetically pre-programmed to do are nothing short of amazing. History has proven that if you give this fish an opportunity to succeed, it will. Against all odds. Yet, since the American Revolution, humans have time after time created countless challenges within the river systems that these majestic fish inhabit. The Penobscot River, once home to one of the most productive and healthy Atlantic salmon fisheries in the world, certainly the most productive in the US, is a perfect example of these challenges. We’ve spent a lot of time on this river system lately, and it will play a large part in the film. The Penobscot has received a lot of attention in the last few years, playing large parts in the Atlantic salmon’s listing as an endangered species, as well as the River Restoration Trust, Trout Unlimited and the Atlantic Salmon Federation's dam removal discussions. More importantly is the immensely exciting spike in the fish count at the Veazie Trap this year. According to reports from Maine DMR, this year was the 3rd largest count since 1978 with a total of 3,124, the largest run in 20 years!!! A few quick facts about the Penobscot River: From Bangor to the confluence of the East and West Branches in Medway the main-stem is 74 miles long. If you include all of the tributaries, the Penobscot drainage includes over 1600 miles of streams and rivers with 625 lakes and ponds. Not all of these tributaries are salmon habitat, but you get the point; it’s a large system. And thanks to the efforts of many people, the river is as clean as it’s been in years. But clean water doesn’t matter much if the fish can’t swim up to spawn in it. We discovered that at current count, 19 dams span the river, from the headwaters of the West Branch to Bangor, including the Piscataquis River and the Stillwater section. To those concerned with Atlantic salmon, the most significant would probably be the Veazie Dam, as it is the first structure that a salmon would hit on its way up river to spawn. This past June we had the great opportunity to roll cameras at the Veazie Trap and spend a day with Oliver Cox and his crew from Maine’s Department of Marine Resources. We also spent some time talking with some incredibly passionate biologists about the Penobscot. I encourage you to take a look at the rough-cut video. With help from the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, Trout Unlimited, the Atlantic Salmon Federation and many other organizations, the Veazie Dam has been scheduled to be removed in 2014, and the Great Works Dam in Old Town is listed to come out in 2012. One of the most poignant things we have learned in this process is that although we are madly in love with Salmo salar, other, less sexy fish are just as important to the inter-workings of a healthy river ecosystem. The lowly shad, and the alewife offer much to the overall restoration of this formidable waterway. But the worst may be over. Restoration has begun. Step by step, inch by inch, the Penobscot is starting to return to its original glory. This is great news for sportsmen, but one of the most important lessons we have learned is that the benefits of a restored ecosystem have benefits that transcend fishing; everyone and every living thing benefits from restored balance. As we start to wrap up filming for this project, the blog post: Rolling on Salmon will be updated more frequently. Looking ahead, you can expect to see footage from our adventure to the Adlatok River in Labrador with Robin Reeve and John Gierach, or the GGP crew on location in Gaspe, the Atlantic salmon’s impact on our native peoples, as well as a look back to the sporting heritage of Salmon fishing. As always we love to hear your feedback, you and your stories are very important to us. Yours in rivers, The GGP Crew