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Canadian Government to Fund Research Supporting Atlantic Salmon Recovery

14 October 2016

CANADA - The Canada government will be providing more than C$600,000 to Atlantic salmon science and conservation experts to further the understanding of Atlantic salmon and to help make decisions on potential recovery strategies.

Approximately C$360,000 of this funding will go towards targeted academic and Indigenous research projects to increase our knowledge of Atlantic salmon and the threats affecting their recovery.

Approximately C$250,000 will go towards the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s monitoring programme to better understand Atlantic salmon migration routes, behaviours, and areas of high mortality.

The remaining C$50,000 will support the coordination activities of a new joint venture for Atlantic salmon research.

The Atlantic Salmon Research Joint Venture is Canada’s first collaborative forum for bringing Atlantic salmon science and conservation communities together. Made up of experts from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Indigenous groups, provincial agencies, non-government organizations, academic institutions, and other stakeholders, the Atlantic Salmon Research Joint Venture will promote the sharing of scientific research with the goal of conserving and rebuilding the species. The Joint Venture held its inaugural meeting on September 29 and 30, 2016, in Moncton, New Brunswick.

“Atlantic salmon is an important cultural, recreational and economic species to Indigenous peoples, anglers and communities throughout the Atlantic provinces and Quebec. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting new science that could help improve salmon populations, and we are proud to support Canada’s first collaborative forum for sharing research on this precious species,” said Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

“The Government of Canada is committed to improving Atlantic salmon stocks, but we can’t go about it alone. By collaborating with science and conservation experts, and supporting their research, we will all be more effective in encouraging their recovery,” said Serge Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

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