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August 10th- DFO -Reopening of salmon holding pools to Anglers in the Miramichi region.

Moncton – August 9, 2017 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada wishes to inform the public that 26 salmon fishing pools closed since August 3 for cause of warm waters will be reopened to angling for all species of fish, following an improvement in water conditions. These changes are effective as of Thursday, August 10, 2017. *.

Reminder: please note that the following salmon pools will remain closed until December 31, 2017:

  • Confluence of Sutherland Brook and Northwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Sutherland Brook upstream to the Highway 420;
  • Waters of the Southwest Miramichi River in Quarryville, 300 m upstream and 300 m downstream of the Quarryville Bridge, including Indian Town Brook from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River, upstream to Highway 108 bridge;
  • Confluence of Wilson Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Wilson Brook 100 m upstream of its mouth, an area locally known as the Bear Den;

Please refer to Gulf Variation Order 2017-070 for further details. The Orders Registry is available online at:

Orders Registry – Order summaries for existing fisheries

To report any suspicious fishing activity, please contact the nearest Conservation and Protection detachment in the Gulf Region or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

For more information on this fishery, please contact:

Cécile Lavoie
A/Senior Advisor, Recreational Fisheries
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Moncton, NB
(506) 851-2033

http://www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/FAM/Recreational-Fisheries/Salmon-Opening-2017-08-09

 

August 3rd, 2017- DFO Notice to Anglers: Temporary Closure of Salmon Pools on the Miramichi River

Moncton – August 3, 2017 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada wishes to inform the public that the following 26 salmon fishing pools will be closed to angling for all species of fish, for cause of high water temperature and low water levels, starting Thursday August 3, 2017 and until conditions improve, as per the warm water protocol in place*.

  • Confluence of Wildcat Brook and Northwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Wildcat Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Trout Brook and Northwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Trout Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Harris Brook and the Little Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Harris Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Parks Brook and the Little Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Parks Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Gray Rapids Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Gray Rapids upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Route 118, an area locally known as Pete’s Brook;
  • Confluence of Hudson Brook and the Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Hudson Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of the Bartholomew River and the Little Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of the Bartholomew River upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to the Highway # 8 bridge;
  • Confluence of Mersereau Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Mersereau Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Morse Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Morse Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Howard Road;
  • Confluence of McKenzie Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of McKenzie Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Black Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Black Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to South Cains River Road;
  • Confluence of Donnelly Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Donnelly Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to the South Road Bridge;
  • Confluence of Mill Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Mill Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth.
  • Confluence of Big Hole Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Big Hole Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Betts Mills Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Betts Mills Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Highway # 8;
  • Confluence of Porcupine Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Porcupine Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Story Town Road;
  • Waters of the Renous River surrounding the pump house located at N 46.86483, W 65.67698 (WGS 84);
  • Confluence of Butty’s Brook and Renous River, and the waters of Butty’s Brook from its confluence with the Renous River to South Renous Road, an area locally known as Duffy’s Brook;
  • Confluence of Otter Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Otter Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth. An area locally known as Brophy’s Place;
  • Confluence of Cold Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Cold Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Salmon Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Salmon Brook upstream from its confluence with the Cains River to South Cains River Road;
  • Confluence of Muzroll Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Muzroll Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Six Mile Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Six Mile Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Doak brook and Southwest Miramichi River in Doaktown, including the waters of Doak brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Pat’s brook and Northwest Miramichi River in Wayerton, including the waters of Pat’s brook 50 m upstream from its mouth.
  • Confluence of Otter Brook and Little southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Otter Brook 50 upstream from its mouth.

Please note that the following salmon pools will remain closed until December 31, 2017:

  • Confluence of Sutherland Brook and Northwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Sutherland Brook upstream to the Highway 420;
  • Waters of the Southwest Miramichi River in Quarryville, 300 m upstream and 300 m downstream of the Quarryville Bridge, including Indian Town Brook from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River, upstream to Highway 108 bridge;
  • Confluence of Wilson Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Wilson Brook 100 m upstream of its mouth, an area locally known as the Bear Den;

Please refer to Gulf Variation Order 2017-063 for further details. 

*When the water temperature in the Southwest Miramichi River (from a monitoring station in Doaktown) drops below 20C for more than 48 hours, a consultation process between DFO and the Miramichi Watershed Management Committee will be triggered in order to decide on the reopening of the 26 cold water pools listed in this notice.

To report any suspicious fishing activity, please contact the nearest Conservation and Protection detachment in the Gulf Region or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

For more information on this fishery, please contact:

Cécile Lavoie
A/Senior Advisor, Recreational Fisheries
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Moncton, NB
(506) 851-2033

http://www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/FAM/Recreational-Fisheries/Salmon-Closure-2017-08-02

 

DFO Reopens Cold Water Pools as of Thursday July 27th

DFO has reopened the cold water pools as of tomorrow, July 27th. The night time water temperature has been below 20°C for the past three nights and they have received reports that salmon are starting to move out of the pools. The forecast for the next seven days shows average air temperatures of around 25°C.

Reopening of salmon holding pools to angling in the Miramichi River system

Moncton – July 26, 2017 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada wishes to inform the public that 26 salmon fishing pools closed since July 20 for cause of warm waters will be reopened to angling for all species of fish, following an improvement in water conditions. These changes are effective as of Thursday, July 27, 2017.

Reminder: please note that the following salmon pools will remain closed until December 31, 2017:
•Confluence of Sutherland Brook and Northwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Sutherland Brook upstream to the Highway 420;
•Waters of the Southwest Miramichi River in Quarryville, 300 m upstream and 300 m downstream of the Quarryville Bridge, including Indian Town Brook from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River, upstream to Highway 108 bridge;
•Confluence of Wilson Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Wilson Brook 100 m upstream of its mouth, an area locally known as the Bear Den;

Please refer to Gulf Variation Order 2017-059 for further details. The Orders Registry is available online at:
Orders Registry – Order summaries for existing fisheries

Saving wild Atlantic Salmon – CAST Efforts are Making a Difference

MSA President Mark Hambrook issued the following Press Release Monday July 24th, 2017.

As we reach the mid-point of the 2017 adult wild Atlantic salmon returns to the Miramichi River, it is becoming apparent that not enough salmon are returning to meet critical spawning levels. Salmon stocks in New Brunswick are in crisis. Thirty percent of Canada’s East Coast salmon rivers are not meeting sustainable spawning levels. In the case of the Miramichi River, it has been more than three years since sustainable spawning levels were achieved and only once in the past 10 years for the North West Miramichi. The Miramichi Salmon Association (MSA) is a founding member of CAST (Collaboration for Atlantic Salmon Tomorrow) – a partnership of scientists, environmental groups, government and industry participants. Our focus is saving wild Atlantic salmon before it’s too late.

The CAST science team is the largest team ever formed to research wild Atlantic salmon conservation. This summer 6 scientists, 5 graduate students, and their staff and summer students are at work on four projects to save and grow wild Atlantic salmon in New Brunswick. Today only 60% of the conservation requirement is being met for our populations. That is, we have too few adult fish and the spawning needed to maintain current levels of wild Atlantic salmon.

In the research underway this summer, CAST is tackling 4 critical questions:
1. How many adult salmon are returning to the Southwest and Little Southwest Miramichi Rivers?
2. Where are the cool pools – the ideal habitats for wild Atlantic salmon – located and how do we protect them?
3. How can we give wild Atlantic salmon smolts a head start?
4. How are we using data to respond quickly to changing environments for wild Atlantic salmon?

On the Southwest (SW) and Little Southwest (LSW) Miramichi Rivers, underwater sonar cameras are providing accurate and real-time counts of returning Atlantic salmon, as well as other large fish. This technology provides greater accuracy of fish counts that will help agencies responsible for fisheries management make better decisions.

We’re also taking to the air with thermal, heat-seeking cameras attached to helicopters to identify and map the cool pools that are vital to salmon survival. That data will help us understand how the geology and surrounding landscape make these pools cool and how to protect them.

At the Miramichi Salmon Conservation Centre in South Esk, the MSA team are giving young salmon smolt a better chance of survival before heading to sea where the greatest losses are occurring.

Since 2015 smolt wheels have been catching wild Atlantic salmon smolt in the Miramichi River and taking them to the Conservation Centre. These smolt will be a part of an innovative Atlantic salmon conservation program called Smolt to Adult Supplementation or SAS. The focus is on raising wild salmon smolt to mature adults at the Conservation Centre. Over the two years in the specially-renovated facility, these young wild Atlantic salmon grow 125 times their size. Once the SAS fish have reached maturity in two years, they will be released back into their native river to spawn naturally. The project goal is to get more eggs into the gravel and increase the number of wild smolt in the river. This season, 5000 smolt have been placed in the Conservation Centre for release in 2019 and the first trials with a small number of adult releases will begin this fall.

The fourth project is the data warehouse – a one stop location – to find, retrieve and efficiently use all of the research and data being collected.

Existing historic information on Atlantic salmon is not readily available to fishery scientists, managers or the public. To better support the research and work being done to protect Atlantic salmon, a data management system is being developed for all existing and future Atlantic salmon data. Better data means better decision making and hopefully a better result for wild Atlantic salmon. Information of interest to the public such as detail on recreational salmon fishing lodges, locations of public access salmon pools, will be also assembled and shared online. The beta version of the database is now publicly available at http://canadariversgis.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html, by searching CAST.

We believe CAST is the most comprehensive group of dedicated salmon enthusiasts ever assembled with the focused goal of saving wild Atlantic salmon. The partners in this venture include:
• Miramichi Salmon Association
• J.D. Irving, Limited
• Cooke Aquaculture
• Canadian Rivers Institute
• University of New Brunswick
• Université Laval
• NB Salmon Council
• Department of Fisheries and Oceans – Gulf Region
• Province of New Brunswick
• Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

The Miramichi Salmon Association is pleased to be part of this effort and we appreciate the support of New Brunswickers for this work. The progress of the CAST program can be followed on the web site www.CASTforsalmon.com as well as on Facebook.

Temporary closure of Salmon pools on the Miramichi River

Temporary closure of Salmon pools on the Miramichi River
Moncton – July 19, 2017 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada wishes to inform the public that the following 26 salmon fishing pools will be closed to angling for all species of fish, for cause of high water temperature and low water levels, starting Thursday, July 20, 2017 and until conditions improve, as per the warm water protocol in place*.
• Confluence of Wildcat Brook and Northwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Wildcat Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
• Confluence of Trout Brook and Northwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Trout Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
• Confluence of Harris Brook and the Little Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Harris Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
• Confluence of Parks Brook and the Little Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Parks Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
• Confluence of Gray Rapids Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Gray Rapids upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Route 118, an area locally known as Pete’s Brook;
• Confluence of Hudson Brook and the Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Hudson Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
• Confluence of the Bartholomew River and the Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of the Bartholomew River upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to the Highway # 8 bridge;
• Confluence of Mersereau Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Mersereau Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
• Confluence of Morse Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Morse Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Howard Road;
• Confluence of McKenzie Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of McKenzie Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
• Confluence of Black Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Black Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to South Cains River Road;
• Confluence of Donnelly Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Donnelly Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to the South Road Bridge;
• Confluence of Mill Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Mill Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth.
• Confluence of Big Hole Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Big Hole Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
• Confluence of Betts Mills Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Betts Mills Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Highway # 8;
• Confluence of Porcupine Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Porcupine Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Story Town Road;
• Waters of the Renous River surrounding the pump house located at N 46.86483, W 65.67698 (WGS 84);
• Confluence of Butty’s Brook and Renous River, and the waters of Butty’s Brook from its confluence with the Renous River to South Renous Road, an area locally known as Duffy’s Brook;
• Confluence of Otter Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Otter Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth. An area locally known as Brophy’s Place;
• Confluence of Cold Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Cold Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
• Confluence of Salmon Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Salmon Brook upstream from its confluence with the Cains River to South Cains River Road;
• Confluence of Muzroll Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Muzroll Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
• Confluence of Six Mile Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Six Mile Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
• Confluence of Doak brook and Southwest Miramichi River in Doaktown, including the waters of Doak brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
• Confluence of Pat’s brook and Northwest Miramichi River in Wayerton, including the waters of Pat’s brook 50 m upstream from its mouth.
• Confluence of Otter Brook and Little southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Otter Brook 50 upstream from its mouth.
Please note that the following salmon pools will remain closed until December 31, 2016:
• Confluence of Sutherland Brook and Northwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Sutherland Brook upstream to the Highway 420;
• Waters of the Southwest Miramichi River in Quarryville, 300 m upstream and 300 m downstream of the Quarryville Bridge, including Indian Town Brook from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River, upstream to Highway 108 bridge;
• Confluence of Wilson Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Wilson Brook 100 m upstream of its mouth, an area locally known as the Bear Den;
Please refer to Gulf Variation Order 2017-056 for further details. The Orders Registry is available online at: Orders Registry – Order summaries for existing fisheries
*When the water temperature in the Southwest Miramichi River (from a monitoring station in Doaktown) drops below 20C for more than 48 hours, a consultation process between DFO and the Miramichi Watershed Management Committee will be triggered in order to decide on the reopening of the 26 cold water pools listed in this notice).