New Brunswick in Canada is renowned for the wild Atlantic salmon, a rare and biggest species of the salmon. Miramichi River is home to this rare type of fish and it’s not uncommon to find both local and international tourists fly fishing or eating the fish in most of the local food joints. In fact, the fish is held in high regard such that it’s on the coat of arms of New Brunswick.
Not long ago, though, authorities in Miramichi and other areas in New Brunswick reported that the fish is quickly becoming extinct. The revered species, which is a valued denizen of New Brunswick, is disappearing and the government is literally struggling to save the species, which has made this part of Canada the envy to North America and the world, in general.
According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the business aspect of making money is overshadowing conservation efforts. Aquaculture companies use chemicals to catch fish, in contrast to the principles of NASCO and Pesticides Control Act. One good example is Northern Harvest, which is probably the biggest aquaculture company in Canada. Fortunately, Northern Harvest pleaded guilty and was fined a staggering $12,000. The sudden appearance of hybrid fish in the rivers is also linked to the disappearance of the wild stock of salmon. Reports indicate that local salmon escape fish farms and find their way into the rivers, which threatens the survival of the wild Atlantic salmon.
It’s time for both the federal and provincial governments put up measures to save the wild Atlantic salmon. This implies that the authorities should first identify the source or cause of the disappearance before coming up with ways to counter the problem. Conservation efforts and stricter government regulations are needed to save the world’s biggest species of salmon. Huge fines and revocation of licenses will indeed protect the wild stock. Otherwise, it won’t take long before the wild salmon becomes extinct in New Brunswick.