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Corner Brook Campus Hosts SPAWN Conference

Corner Brook Campus Hosts SPAWN Conference

Posted March 14, 2013

On March 11, 2013, The Salmon Preservation Association for the Waters of Newfoundland, or SPAWN for short, held their Annual General Meeting at the Corner Brook Campus Café.

SPAWN is a non-profit organization was formed in 1979 when anglers recognized a decline in returning salmon. With over 500 members and many supports, they are Newfoundland and Labrador's largest salmon preservation group.

This conservation organization is a Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador member and The Atlantic Salmon Federation affiliate. By working together, they have thousands of people getting the message out that “We Care” about our environment and the creatures that make it home.

SPAWN has two main goals, access to angling for everyone, and fish stock conservation. They worked with the Federal and Provincial Governments to help improved salmon migration numbers as well as recommending barbless and single hook implementation.

SPAWN supports catch and release fishing as a management tool. They lobby for improved and increased enforcement and runs the Harry's River DIDSON operation and the Corner Brook Stream stock assessment project. The latter will be the final assessment year of the five years needed to confirm River Classification. This evolved since SPAWN and its partners reintroduced thousands of salmon fry back into Corner Brook stream in 1999 to 2001. This group is currently starting the Grand Lake Restoration.

At this year’s AGM, SPAWN had a special guest speaker, Dr. Geoff Veinott of DFO Science Branch from St. John’s, NL. Dr. Veinott gave a Powerpoint Presentation on the importance of Angler returns in helping develop management plans. Major topics discussed during the presentation include an explanation about the license stub program, how we get the data, what we do with the data, stub data vs salmon returns, and the future.

SPAWN Conference Two

Dr. Geoff Veinott from Department of Fisheries and Oceans Science Branch gives a Powerpoint Presentation about the license stub program, data collection and interpretation, and the future of salmon conservation and fishing.

SPAWN Conference One

Dr. Geoff Veinott and John McCarthy provide a question and answer session about salmon fishing and management to the audience.

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