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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Quebec reports Gaspé Atlantic Salmon Returns Were Up 21% in 2011

The Quebec Government just came out with a report that shows Atlantic salmon returns for the Gaspé region were up a remarkable 21% in 2011.  There's even more good news reported; the average number of returning fish from 2006 to 2010 was also up by an astounding 49%!

“This is encouraging news,” said Bill Taylor, President of the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) “and confirms the anecdotal reports from anglers that resounded throughout the season last year.  Quebec is the first province to report, and we expect similar information from regions throughout eastern Canada.”

More fish returning also means better spawning success and  last season the estimated number of salmon on the spawning grounds of the Gaspé rivers actually exceeded the minimum recruitment numbers for all the salmon rivers on the Gaspé Peninsula.

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