Federal scientists ‘deeply concerned’ about salmon stocks

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Scientists at the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are sounding the alarm about the state of salmon stocks in Newfoundland and Labrador rivers. 

The recently released 2017 stock assessment shows the salmon population at an all-time low.

“As scientists, we are deeply concerned,” said Geoff Veinott. “We’ve never seen anything like this. 2016 was a low year, we sort of thought maybe that was it, that was the bottom, then 2017 turned around and it was worse.”

Last year, DFO monitored 19 salmon rivers in the province. It found that 80 percent of the rivers showed a decline of more than 30 percent compared to average populations of the previous five or six years.



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