Reprinted in Landings, July, 2017
Atlantic Salmon Federation, based in New Brunswick, released a report in June on the state of North American Atlantic salmon. The report indicates that fewer salmon are making it back to rivers to spawn. The total estimated returns of
the fish to North America in 2016 was a little more than a half million salmon. That is a 27% decrease from the previous year. Young salmon that spent only one winter at sea before returning to their home river, called grilse, fared especially poorly last year, returning at a rate nearly a third lower than 2015. The report said that Greenland fishermen are catching fewer of the fish, which could indicate poor survival of salmon in the wild. Greenland fishermen caught less than half as many salmon last year as in 2015.