Claire Corlett

Fish Food, Fish Tanks, and More

Striking Balance – Swimming with Salmon – Fundy

[muffled underwater sounds] [muffled underwater sounds] We were here today to be
doing a salmon survey, or at least that was
our attempt. It progressed interestingly. We didn’t really see
any adult salmon. We saw one salmon par, which is a young salmon
about yay big. And that was pretty much
the extent of our survey. [narrator] The salmon par
the college students found during their survey
at Fundy National Park was likely the result of
the park’s earlier efforts to recover the Inner Bay
of Fundy Atlantic Salmon. If it survives, the salmon par will spend three
or four years in the river and then head out
into the ocean to feed and grow
into an adult before returning
to the river to spawn. Most Atlantic salmon go on long-distance
migrations as far away as
Greenland to feed. But the Inner Bay
of Fundy salmon are a genetically
distinct group that get all
the food they need from the nutrient-rich waters
of the Bay of Fundy. This salmon once played an
important role in the ecosystem as a food source for other fish
and birds early in life… as a top predator in
the Bay of Fundy as an adult… and finally becoming food for animals like bears and fertilizer for
plants along the riverbanks at the end of their lives. [bear snuffling] But while some
40,000 adult salmon historically returned to
the rivers of the Bay of Fundy every year to spawn, today so few fish
make it back, it would’ve been very unlikely for the students to actually
find one on their survey. So while the students
are disappointed they didn’t see
an adult salmon, they are left
feeling inspired to help with
the salmon’s recovery. [Reid Anderson]
It’s really painful, coming from an area that
used to have so many salmon. And looking at it now,
it has nothing. It motives me extremely to want to do something to
protect and probably, hopefully, bring back these wonderful
fish if I can.

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