Atlantic Salmon – Kouchibouguacis Watershed
(education, egg incubation, restoration and monitoring)
Salmon fishing is closed on Kouchibouguacis River since 1998; this represents a great disappointment to many local fishermen. A salmon restoration program initiated on the Kouchibouguacis River during the 1990’s has been evolving through the years. Atlantic salmon population enhancement including brood stock collection, rearing, fin clipping and stocking of salmon fry, electrofishing exercises, eggs incubator installation, fish population migratory monitoring are all important components of this program. Stocking some salmon habitat using egg incubation methods will help improve the egg survival ratio by protecting the eggs from predation, sediment deposits and other limiting factors. Conducting monitoring exercises (electrofishing, fishing efforts using box nets, habitat survey) will provide much needed updated data that will show results from the efforts made up to date and provide data on the current state of the fish population and on their current available habitat.