Kelt Tracking - 2012
In May 2012, ASF researchers successfully implanted 35 sonic transmitters into kelts on the Miramichi.
In addition, 10 of these salmon had satellite tags attached; designed to "pop off" the fish after five months at sea, and then to transmit their data to a satellite in space.
All kelts were released to continue their migration downstream to the ocean. Lines of sonic receivers are deployed downstream in the river, the question will be how many pass the Strait of Belle Isle between Labrador and Newfoundland. The sonic receivers were place in mid-June 2012.
ASF continues to pioneer tracking research of wild Atlantic salmon, both smolts and kelts, to unravel the mysteries of migration downstream and across oceans towards distant feeding grounds - and to explore the reasons for high at-sea mortality that is affecting returns to rivers in North America.