Study says aquaculture likely driving wild salmon extinction in Newfoundland

By The Canadian Press  15/05/2024 A new study shows an Atlantic salmon population in southern Newfoundland is disappearing, and it says nearby aquaculture operations are likely to blame. The report published last month in the journal Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture concludes that though climate change and predation also have negative impacts, the effects of aquaculture operations near the Conne River are the most significant probable factor pushing the local wild salmon population toward extinction. “These impacts will likely increase as populations decline toward local extirpation,” the study said. The authors — eight researchers from the federal Fisheries Department — say that as Newfoundland and Labrador plans to expand its aquaculture industry, more studies are needed to determine how climate change, sea lice and disease will impact threatened or…

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