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Conservation takes people

Fisheries and Oceans Canada may soon list some populations of Atlantic salmon under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). 

A SARA Listing would close low-impact salmon fisheries on more than 130 rivers in Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Cape Breton. It would also extinguish the hope of reopening rivers in parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

This is unnecessary, ill-timed, and could hamper current conservation and recovery efforts.

Contact your Member of Parliament and help us keep rivers open and conservation alive.


What's happening?

The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada will decide in 2021 whether to list some populations of Atlantic salmon under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).

The recent announcement caught the salmon conservation community off-guard, suddenly reviving a long dormant process that began in 2011.

SARA would take people off the water, threatening a long tradition of shared stewardship. Yet experience shows that serious threats, like open net-pen salmon aquaculture, would be left alone.

Federal leaders should work with the salmon conservation community and use the extensive tools already available to conserve and restore wild salmon and wild rivers.

Anglers Matter

People who fish do good

International agreements

People who fish for salmon find solutions like the Greenland Salmon Conservation Agreement which saves thousands of large wild salmon every year. 

Habitat restoration

People who fish for salmon volunteer and support the work of conservation organizations dedicated to the restoration and protection of fish habitat. 

Eyes and ears

People who fish for salmon notice when something is wrong and their presence deters poachers and polluters. People who fish are stewards and guardians.

Community building

People who fish for salmon build relationships with each other. We are an important part of the environmental movement striving to protect Canada's land and water for future generations.

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#peopleforsalmon is a campaign of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, supported by our provincial councils and affiliates in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador.


To learn more about the Atlantic Salmon Federation and our work visit or email

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