Potential roads for recovery of Atlantic salmon in Nova Scotian rivers
Atlantic salmon and its associated fisheries have a rich and complicated history in Nova Scotia. Commercial and recreational overfishing, as well as habitat damage and environmental pollution have all contributed to the species decline. For a century, work on rebuilding populations has met with varied successes. This history, and relative successes of different measures, will be reviewed and synthesized in this project, with a specific focus on potential recovery options for the Margaree in Cape Breton. Primary and secondary literature, combined with field work and key informant interviews will be used to make management recommendations for salmon recovery. Wild Salmon Unlimited, the partner in this proposal, will use the recommendations to chart a path forward for Atlantic salmon enhancement and recovery in the short and long term.