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New Efforts Announced To Boost Atlantic Salmon Populations

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In regional news, the Gulf of Maine Atlantic salmon, known as the “king of fish,” is one of eight marine species most at risk for extinction in the near...

In regional news, the Gulf of Maine Atlantic salmon, known as the “king of fish,” is one of eight marine species most at risk for extinction in the near future. The fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just announced a new campaign to beef up efforts to help these endangered species survive.

NOAA Fisheries biologist Tara Trinko Lake said the Atlantic salmon were once abundant as far south as Connecticut, but they started to decline in the late 1800s from dams, overfishing, and pollution.

“And their numbers have continued to decline today. Currently we have critically low levels of adult levels returning,” said Trinko. “In 2014, total returns to the rivers in the U.S. were only at 450 fish.”

Trinko Lake said NOAA Fisheries is working with dam owners, state and tribal partners to restore salmon spawning and rearing habitats. Today the Atlantic salmon only has access to about eight percent of its historic habitat.

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New Efforts Announced To Boost Atlantic Salmon Populations
New Efforts Announced To Boost Atlantic Salmon Populations