Scientists, Environmental Groups and Industry Join Forces to Save Atlantic Salmon

September 27, 2016:

The Collaboration for Atlantic Salmon Tomorrow (CAST) is a partnership of scientists, environmental groups and industry participants. The focus of CAST is saving wild Atlantic salmon before it’s too late. Today CAST is working on six science projects on the Miramichi and Restigouche rivers. Our hope is that CAST will serve as a positive partnership model for Eastern Canada’s wild Atlantic salmon rivers.

President of the Atlantic Salmon Federation Bill Taylor says CAST has the opportunity to benefit salmon beyond the Miramichi and Restigouche rivers.  “We have some of the brightest minds on Atlantic salmon around the table. We are trying some things that have never been done anywhere. We are going to test and monitor during the five to seven year lifespan of CAST. Then, we can take the CAST model and apply it in New Brunswick, and perhaps beyond.” 

“The Atlantic salmon have been a big part of New Brunswick’s communities, culture, and economy. We have a diverse group of industry, scientists, and community partners. I’m enthusiastic - we must do something in Atlantic Canada to improve the salmon. We’re taking the job on, starting with the Miramichi as a model project,” said Jim Irving, Co-CEO of J.D. Irving, Limited and founding member of CAST.

CAST Partners:

Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) 
Restigouche River Watershed Management Council 
Miramichi Salmon Association (MSA) 
Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI)
University of New Brunswick (UNB) 
New Brunswick Salmon Council 
Rocky Brook Camp 
Cooke Aquaculture
J.D. Irving, Limited

Learn more about CAST and the six research projects that are currently underway.