Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Federation
15 Conran Street, St. Johnís ,NL.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-September 26,2016
For many years, we have advocated against open-pen aquaculture, because we (NLWF) feel that
escapees will have a detrimental affect on wild salmon stocks.
In the past years COSEWIC have declared the South Coast Salmon stocks threatened. The other Atlantic
Salmon rivers in Nl. seem to be outside this designation. Yet, if we know from biological research
done by DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) and ASF(Atlantic Salmon Federation) that all Atlantic
salmon coming to Newfoundland and Labrador rivers swim through the Straits of Belle Isle first and
then circle the island and go to Labrador. So, all Atlantic salmon that populate Eastern Newfoundland,
the east side of the Great Northern Peninsula, the south coast and Labrador, swim pass those bays with
open Ėpen aquaculture. From our research, we also know that escaped farm salmon can and will mate
with wild salmon.
Again we (NLWF) have been saying for many years that open pen aquaculture must stop. We know
that it is currently the economic driver of the South Coast of Newfoundland, but at what costs to wild