Atlantic Salmon Population Dynamics

of the Cascapedia River

The Atlantic Salmon is a large anadromous fish that ranges across the northern Atlantic Ocean. They have been a preferred food source wherever encountered, and today they are harvested commercially and by sports fishermen. As a result of their popularity, Atlantic Salmon have unfortunately garnered themselves a listing as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. CBS has access to salmon catch records on the Cascapedia River from 1975 to the present - a 38-year period - through the notes from a family fishing camp. The Cascapedia has experienced sports fishing for approximately 150 years, but the last four decades have shown disturbing and prognostic changes in its Atlantic Salmon population. This historic data trove has allowed CBS to take a comprehensive look at this fishery, and it will allow us to help craft  management actions that will preserve this iconic fish.