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The Beacon (Gander) - - News -

There’s a lot of his­tory on the North­west River and the work lo­cal an­glers have done to en­sure salmon pop­u­la­tions re­main sus­tain­able, says Janet Feltham, act­ing re­source con­ser­va­tion man­ager at Terra Nova Na­tional Park. In 2001, only 153 salmon passed though the count­ing fence, trig­ger­ing the clo­sure of the salmon fish­ery on the pop­u­lar river. The North­west River Con­ser­va­tion Group, a coali­tion of stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing lo­cal cit­i­zens, Parks Canada, and the De­part­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans formed in 2001 to ad­dress the de­cline in salmon num­bers on the river. Since then, the group has been work­ing to re­build salmon stocks. Their ef­forts have been so suc­cess­ful, stocks are no longer threat­ened, and an an­nual recre­ational fish­ery has been of­fered on the river since 2003. “These ef­forts from all these dif­fer­ent groups helped in­crease salmon num­bers on the river,” said Feltham. “In al­low­ing that small quota in 2003, we were build­ing sup­port of lo­cal fish­er­men, but we were also stay­ing within our con­ser­va­tion tar­get. We’re en­sur­ing we still have ad­e­quate num­bers com­ing up through, but we’re not tak­ing too many salmon out of that pop­u­la­tion.”

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