Fundy Salmon Recovery is a diverse group of organizations from the provincial and federal governments, the aquaculture industry, First Nations and academia. These organizations are united and inspired by a common goal, restoring the historic wild Atlantic salmon populations to the inner Bay of Fundy for generations to come.
With a mandate for Species at Risk recovery and connecting Canadians to nature, Fundy National Park has been passionately working in salmon conservation for decades. Fundy National Park’s team of biologists work year round on salmon recovery operations and logistics. It was through their action that the collaboration of all expert partnering organizations came together to recover the King of Fish.
Cooke Aquaculture is a family-owned, global seafood company founded in 1985. They have an extensive knowledge of growing Atlantic salmon throughout all life-stages and bring this experience to the Fundy Salmon Recovery collaboration.
Cooke Aquaculture, in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association, helped develop, and now equip, staff and manage the World’s First Wild Atlantic Salmon Marine Conservation Farm on Grand Manan Island.
Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association
The Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association (ACFFA) is an industry-funded association working on behalf of the salmon farming industry in Atlantic Canada. ACFFA plays an important project management and operational role in Fundy Salmon Recovery. Along with their work at Dark Harbour they coordinate logistics across a large and diverse group of partners.
Fort Folly Habitat Recovery
Fort Folly First Nation’s Habitat Recovery (FFHR) program was initiated in 1993 and its staff have been working passionately in Species at Risk conservation and recovery ever since. FFHR is an active and highly valued member of the Planning Group and Recovery Team for endangered inner Bay of Fundy (iBoF) Atlantic salmon. FFHR is the Fundy Salmon Recovery partner leading efforts to restore iBoF Atlantic salmon to the Petitcodiac River system, which historically produced 20% of the entire iBoF Atlantic salmon population.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada provides both operational and enforcement services to the project. Operationally, the Live Gene Bank at the Mactaquac Biodiversity Facility is critical to preserving native genes of the endangered inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon. As the federal regulator, Fisheries and Oceans and the Species at Risk (SARA) are involved in permits for fish movements and oversee several aspects of the project. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is also a part of the inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon Law Enforcement Initiative.
NB Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries
As the regulator of aquaculture activities in New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture Aquaculture Fisheries oversees activities at the marine conservation farm at Dark Harbour, Grand Manan and is a lead in fish health management for the project.
University of New Brunswick
The University of New Brunswick and Canadian Rivers Institute researchers study the impacts returning salmon have on the river systems, as salmon populations are rebuilt. Research shows that salmon are an important contributor of marine nutrients in the rivers they spawn in which helps increase the productivity of aquatic vegetation and insects.
Village of Grand Manan
The Village of Grand Manan owns the Dark Harbour site where the Fundy Salmon Recovery conservation farm is located. The Village has granted use of the site to this project, making it possible for hundreds of endangered wild salmon to be grown each year.
Atlantic Salmon Law Enforcement Coalition
To help ensure the protection of the Atlantic salmon during their fresh water life stage, local law enforcement agencies are working together as part of the ‘Atlantic Salmon Law Enforcement Coalition’. Together, the coalition has increased joint patrols and surveillance on iBoF rivers, especially those in which there are active recovery efforts. The Coalition includes Parks Canada’s Warden Service, Fisheries Officers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, officers from the RCMP and Crime Stoppers, Conservation Officers and Off-Road Vehicle Officers from New Brunswick Department of Justice and Public Safety, and Wildlife Enforcement Officers from Environment Canada.