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Old 01-13-2005, 06:04 PM
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Atlantic Salmon Rebound??

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I hope in this case that one swallow does make a summer. There is still a lot of work to do and in Scotland we were just starting to win the C&R arguement which will be more difficult if the runs of fish increase.
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Aye, it is a good start. Want to see it become a trend.
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Willie,

Funny, having not fished often in your home waters, I just assumed that C&R was at least as widespread as in North America.

Acceptance here in Quebec is slowly coming along as well. Used to be, many felt that a released fish was condemmed to die anyway.
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Unfortunately there are still to many who need one for the pot, even if it the only one they catch all week. Things are improving, the Spey returned almost 70% of the fish caught last year, but it required the Spey board to make recommendations. Rivers with no recomendations still return only a small percentage.
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It is fair to say that a combination of C&R, habitat improvment, hatcheries and buyouts of inshore nets provide excellent safeguard to the future of our salmon stocks. However, in my opinion not enough praise (in general)is given to the successful efforts of the NASF buying out offshore salmon nets(especially from some National fishing magazines).

Without their contribution, I am sure that efforts to save International salmon stocks would be a complete up hill struggle.
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Willie,

I'm originally from BC, so C&R was "in my blood" from the start. Once i moved to Quebec, boy ... what an eye opener.

In the #18 zone where I fish for brook trout, the limit is 20 per day. Further, the interpretation of the law as to daily versus possession limits were not clear. Lots of anglers were taking 20 trout per day for EVERY day fished. On a long weekend, that means a group of 4 were taking home nearly 240 trout.

C&R of adult salmon has been obligatory on the a few salmon rivers in the Saguenay for 2 years now. The 205 regs just came out (preliminary) and we're still C&R for the Ste-Marguerite. I assume that the other 3 rivers in the region will be too. For sea run brookies, we put in daily limts of 5 with only one over 15 inches.

Even some of the wardens held that C&R was lethal at all times. Recently, we caught spawners (sea run brook trout) on barbless hooks, stored them in PVC tubes, transfered them to holding pens, then transplanted them to another irver in the region (Ste-Marg to Mars Rv). As far as we could tell, NO mortality.

Gave the "doubters" some food for thought.
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