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Chignecto Naturalists’ Club Monthly Meeting – guest speakers Fort Folly Habitat RecoveryApril 17, 2017
Guest speakers, Edmund Redfield and Tim Robinson from Fort Folly Habitat Recovery, will speak about their Fish Net Trap Results and FFHC’s efforts in conservation and recovery on behalf of endangered inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon.
Here is a brief description of what they will be talking about:
On December 16th 2016 the Federal and Provincial governments announced a funding agreement to proceed with replacing the Petitcodiac causeway with a 240 metre bridge, widening the channel from its current 80 metres at the causeway control structure. Since shortly after the Petitcodiac causeway gates were opened in April 14th 2010, Fort Folly Habitat Recovery and its partners have operated the fish net trap at the head of tide in Salisbury in order to monitor usage of the river by diadromous fish. Find out what changes in the river so far have meant for Atlantic salmon, brook trout, American shad, striped bass, American eels, and other species. There are now 7 years of this data available, documenting the response of these species to the Province of New Brunswick’s Petitcodiac River Restoration Project.
Fort Folly has been a fully engaged partner in both the Planning Group and Recovery Team for Atlantic Salmon. For more than 15 years the FFHR crew has been working in partnership with relevant Government Departments and Agencies as well as many NGO stakeholder organizations. They have a highly skilled crew carrying out important work on multiple index salmon rivers in southeastern New Brunswick such as the Big Salmon River, the Point Wolfe River and the Upper Salmon River. More recently, since the 2010 opening of the Petitcodiac River Causeway structure gates Fort Folly has been leading efforts to re-establish iBoF Atlantic Salmon to this historically important river system. These efforts include an innovative approach which sees us intercept wild exposed juvenile salmon migrating from the freshwater river habitat towards the marine habitat of the Bay of Fundy and rearing them, in captivity to adulthood, in the world’s first dedicated wild Atlantic Salmon farm.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting!