Understanding the Genome of Endangered Atlantic Salmon
ASF is collaborating in a major research project to unravel the mysteries of what makes an inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon population distinct. In addition, the research will explore the nature of differences with European genes that have found their way into the population from escaped farmed salmon. Lastly, the research will explore the impacts of traits and behavourial variation resulting from domestication of Atlantic salmon, and its effects on wild populations.
The researchers conducting the work are based in universities and facilities across Canada – including the University of Guelph, Memorial University, the University of British Columbia, and in facilities including the Federal Biological Station of DFO, and the Atlantic Salmon Federation, at St. Andrews, NB. This is the first time such work has been carried out in North America – and the first time such research has been directed towards understanding impacts on endangered populations of wild Atlantic salmon.
For more details on the project, click on the .pdf (1.6mb).
For a map of the location of the Upper Salmon River, click here
This work has been made possible through the support of not only the Atlantic Salmon Federation but also the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust and Fort Folly First Nation.