Fort Folly Habitat Recovery

Fort Folly Habitat Recovery is very pleased to announce that the Petitcodiac watershed will be proposed as Freshwater Critical Habitat in the draft amended Recovery Strategy for the endangered inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon. This exciting news was received at the fall Recovery Team meeting and was met with a round of applause. After a period for comment on the SARA Public Registry, the Freshwater Critical Habitat designation for the Petitcodiac watershed will result in increased levels of protection for the habitat supporting the inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon. The Petitcodiac River historically produced more than 20% of the entire inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon population, making it one of the most important salmon rivers in the inner Bay. With the opening of the causeway gates in 2010, Fort Folly Habitat Recovery, along with many other stakeholder groups, felt that it was time to re-prioritize the Petitcodiac River within the Recovery Strategy, and the designation of freshwater critical habitat is great progress toward this end. Let’s keep up the good work!


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by Wyatt Horsman

How are they going to deal with all the contaminated river mud and water ,the fish will be contamated once they enter the river

January 6, 2016 @ 20:00 reply

    by Fort Folly Habitat Recovery

    Thanks for you comment! One advantage of having the Petitcodiac designated as freshwater critical habitat under the Species At Risk Act is that this will offer the habitat increased protection from any potential source of degradation. Fort Folly Habitat Recovery is leading the monitoring of fish populations and restoration activities for the endangered inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon in the Petitcodiac, and if we see signs of contamination or disease in the fish it would be investigated. The Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance monitors the water quality throughout the watershed, and have since 1997, and I’m sure I am able to say that contamination would certainly be something they monitor for. I am also aware that Petitcodiac Riverkeeper has heard of concerns over contamination and I am sure that the new Riverkeeper, Daniel Bard, will also be concerned about the health of the watershed and active in protecting it.

    January 7, 2016 @ 09:45 reply

 
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