Guysborough County needs a Salmon Hatchery
To sum up the present situation:
- Our salmon fishery is
- Most St. Mary’s River salmon pools are closed to all fishing.
- As a result, our local
businesses are experiencing a loss of 20 – 35%.
- Our community’s residents, including the young and seniors, can’t enjoy our wonderful river.
- A culture we love is gone!
But we would NOT be in this mess if we had an effective salmon hatchery.
A hatchery will enable us to increase salmon populations
on rivers that still produce salmon. Examples are the St. Mary’s, Country Harbour, Salmon, Milford Haven and Ecum Secum,
and Indian Rivers and Gaspereau Brook.
A hatchery will enable us to re-establish salmon populations in streams that no longer support Atlantic salmon. Streams
like Arm Brook, Isaac’s Harbour River, Indian Harbour Lakes, and so on.
A hatchery will enable the needs of the aboriginal salmon fishery to be met.
A hatchery will enable us to re-establish our fantastic
salmon sport fishery.
A hatchery will enable both live-release and retention salmon fisheries to co-exist.
A hatchery will enable us to develop “put
and take” tourism sport fisheries in rivers too acidic to naturally produce salmon, like the Liscomb River system.
A hatchery will provide for effective maintenance
of salmon populations in future.
The economic benefit of Inverness County’s salmon fishery is $2.5 million annually, according to a 2006 study
conducted by DFO. This is largely due to salmon population maintenance provided by the Margaree Hatchery, now operated by
Nova Scotia Inland Fisheries. This hatchery support also enables the native fishery to satisfy its requirements.
A hatchery in Guysborough County will provide similar
benefit, as our salmon fishery did only a few decades ago.
Let’s get a hatchery!
We had many great entries in the 2011 River Magic Fly tying Championship. This one, a wet salmon or steelhead fly by
14-year-old Peter Opra of Halifax, took 2nd prize in the Youth Category. It has the style and color of very old
British featherwing flies, but was expertly tied by a talented young tyer with a great future!
Black UTC 70 denier
size 1.5 gold salmon hook
Bronze mallard shoulder
Red wool dubbing
Medium oval silver tinsel
Antron Dark Stone dubbing, picked out
Bronze mallard shoulder
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