Time to remember our blessings

The roads are covered in four inches of ice from yesterday’s rain and our arms sore from throwing sand to cover the slippery spots, I look out at the river and see it frozen and dormant. It is indeed time to count our blessings from a season past and remember with fondness the warmth of the sun on our faces and the beautiful gifts that nature bestows upon us.

Federal funding for salmon stocks on the Miramichi

The minister of Fisheries and Oceans paid a visit to the Miramichi today to announce a new funding for the wild Atlantic salmon.

Minister Gail Shea visited the Miramichi Conservation Centre today to announce funding for the Miramichi Salmon Association to breech beaver dams this fall just prior to spawning. This allows for salmon to reach as much optimal spawning habitat as possible. Passage to many small streams is often blocked by industrious beaver. This project allows the dams to be breached thus allowing safe passage for salmon. The beavers will rebuild their dams but a new generation of salmon will already be created in this new habitat. One does not have to worry about salmon getting caught behind these dams as that the beaver repairs them because they will be able to wash out from behind them during times of high water. The real win-win situation is that the beavers are not hurt and millions of eggs are deposited in virgin habitat where they may not have the same pressures as if all the salmon had to spawn in a small area.

As a MSA director, it was my privilege to attend this press conference and have the opportunity to discuss what the implications are for outfitters on the Miramichi with Global News. The $50,000 in funding is a matching grant of which the MSA will fund the other $50,000 over the next 2 year period. The Miramichi Salmon Association is currently in the midst of Campaign 60 where funds are being raised for the Miramichi Forever Fund. Anyone wishing to help the wild Atlantic Salmon in the Miramichi by contributing to this fund may do so by calling 506-622-4000.

Miramichi Salmon Association links:

www.miramichisalmon.ca
www.facebook.com/MiramichiSalmonAssociation
MSA Campaign 60

Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring on the Miramichi

The Miramichi River Environmental Assessment Committee has deployed satellite telemetry stations at Upper Oxbow and in Doaktown to monitor water temperature, water level, air temperature, and precipitation.

“Real-time water quality monitoring is an increasingly popular technology that is being used across the world. This technology allows users to have up-to-date water quality monitoring results, on various parameters, at specified intervals. Users of real-time monitoring equipment range from government agencies monitoring the effects of pollution to fishermen interested in knowing water temperatures.

MREAC has been engaged in real-time water quality monitoring on the Miramichi watershed and has worked with a number of strategic partners in this endeavour.”

- From www.mreac.org

Click here for the Little Southwest Miramichi river @ Upper Oxbow

Satellite telemetry station at Upper Oxbow

 

Click here for the Southwest Miramichi River @ Doaktown

Satellite telemetry station at Doaktown

DFO closes 22 salmon pools to fishing

UPDATE: ALL POOLS ARE OPEN

Source: CBC.ca

Variance order came into effect on July 17

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has closed 22 salmon fishing pools in New Brunswick because of low water levels and high water temperatures.

The federal department closed fishing in the areas on Wednesday and the order extends indefinitely. The official notice closes the pools until Dec. 31, but DFO could open the pools earlier.

Salmon pools have been closed in previous summers for similar reasons.

Warm water loses oxygen, forcing salmon to pools of cooler water.

The conditions could stress salmon that crowd together in cooler pools.

The variance order issued by DFO closed the following areas:

  • Confluence of Otter Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Otter Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth. An area locally known as Brophy’s Place
  • Confluence of Cold Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Cold Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth
  • Confluence of Salmon Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Salmon Brook upstream from its confluence with the Cains River to South Cains River Road
  • Confluence of Muzeroll Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Muzeroll Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth
  • Confluence of Six Mile Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Six Mile Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth
  • Confluence of Sutherland Brook and Northwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Sutherland Brook upstream to the Highway 420
  • Confluence of Wildcat Brook and Northwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Wildcat Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth
  • Confluence of Trout Brook and Northwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Trout Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth
  • Confluence of Butty’s Brook and Renous River, and the waters of Butty’s Brook from its confluence with the Renous River to South Renous Road, an area locally known as Duffy’s Brook
  • Waters of the Renous River surrounding the pump house located at N 46.86483, W 65.67698 (WGS 84)
  • Waters of the Southwest Miramichi River in Quarryville, 300 m upstream and 300 m downstream of the Quarryville Bridge, including Indian Town Brook from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River, upstream to Highway 108 bridge
  • Confluence of Wilson Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Wilson Brook 100 m upstream of its mouth, an area locally known as the Bear Den
  • Confluence of Gray Rapids Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Gray Rapids upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Route 118, an area locally known as Pete’s Brook
  • Confluence of Mersereau Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Mersereau Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth
  • Confluence of McKenzie Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of McKenzie Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth
  • Confluence of Morse Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Morse Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Howard Road
  • Confluence of Black Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Black Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to South Cains River Road
  • Confluence of Donnelly Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Donnelly Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to the South Road Bridge
  • Confluence of Betts Mills Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Betts Mills Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Highway 8
  • Confluence of Porcupine Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Porcupine Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Story Town Road
  • Confluence of Big Hole Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Big Hole Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth
  • Confluence of Mill Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Mill Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth

Original Story and DFO links below: