Early indications are pointing to 2009 being a good year for returns of large salmon. In addition, cooler temperatures and high flows allow quick passage to upstream destinations for Atlantic salmon returns. River Reports on ASF's website are a good way to stay updated, as regional directors post the latest information. Most have been updated in last few days. Go to:
In Newfoundland, DFO has just posted the first of its "counts" for the year. To see the returns for this and other counting facilities from Connecticut to Newfoundland, go to:
ASF's program of tracking Atlantic salmon at sea with acoustic transmitters has now entered its "wait and see" period. Smolt with transmitters embedded have now left the Miramichi, Restigouche, and Magaguadavic rivers in New Brunswick, the Cascapedia and St-Jean (St. Lawrence North Shore) in Quebec, the Margaree and West River-Sheet Harbour in Nova Scotia, and Western Arm Brook in Newfoundland. In addition, kelts with transmitters have migrated to sea from the Restigouche and Miramichi rivers. This research is unravelling the mysteries of Atlantic salmon migration and at-sea mortality.