Fishers Take Heed: Smolt Advisory

Fishers Take Heed: Smolt Advisory

La Corporation du bassin de la Jacques-Cartier (CBJC) informs fishermen in the rivière Jacques-Cartier to take caution to not catch adult salmon or smolt, under risk of a penalty.

In the coming days, the Jacques-Cartier River will be populated with smolt (A young salmon (or trout) after the parr stage, when it becomes silvery and migrates to the sea for the first time) migrating to sea to complete their growth period. They’ll will return in force to the river that they were born within two or three years to reproduce.

The Jacques-Cartier River contains populations of brook trout (speckled trout) and Atlantic salmon. For several years, salmon fishing has prohibited. This conservation aims to restore salmon population to a level above what it was prior to the prohibition.

If, during a fishing trip, a fisherman catches an adult or smolt salmon, he must return it to the water. To comply with the regulations, it is very important to differentiate a swim-up (young trout) to a smolt. To this end, the CBJC will soon install identification signs at wading sites in the Jacques-Cartier River to help fishermen identify.

The French term for smolt is saumoneaux.
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LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer

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