The Greenland Deal

If you follow Atlantic salmon news, you’ve no doubt read about the recent deal to curb Greenland’s commercial salmon harvest. Signed just a few weeks ago, the agreement is being lauded by salmon conservationists. To get a better idea of the nature of this deal and what it means for North American salmon runs, we sat down with an expert, fisheries biologist Sean Landsman.

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"Gaspé Gold" Published in the Atlantic Salmon Journal

Over the last several months we’ve been showcasing some incredible underwater images of migrating Atlantic salmon. These photographs were taken last fall while on assignment for the Atlantic Salmon Journal. That story is now featured in the current issue of the ASJ.

It’s an engaging story about exploring a new and different salmon country. On the way we encountered lots of wildlife, and met some interesting characters. It was cold up there in October, and we endured some cold nights and chilly water. But we got to see and experience Atlantic salmon as never before. Our latest feature story brings you the whole experience.


Please consider picking up a copy of the ASJ, or becoming a member of the Atlantic Salmon Federation to get a subscription. Along with our stories, the Journal has tons of great Atlantic salmon content.

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Latest Pesticide Charges Just the Surface of Open-Pen Problems

This month, a New Brunswick salmon aquaculture company, Northern Harvest Sea Farms, was charged with a violation of the province’s Pesticides Control Act. In plain terms, that means the company illegally dumped toxic chemicals into the Bay of Fundy. It’s not the first time this has happened. In 2013, Kelly Cove Salmon, a division of Cooke Aquapleaded guilty to depositing Cypermethrin in the bay, killing hundreds of lobsters. Cypermethrin is an agricultural pesticide and its marine use is banned in Canada.

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Speak up against the Sisson Mine

A big thanks for the overwhelming response we received for our recent article "A Plea to the People of New Brunswick," regarding the Sisson Mine project. If you haven't read it, you can read the full article at

Now it's time to add your voice to the growing number of people who see that this project is not in our best interest. Environment and Climate Change Canada is accepting comments from the public until May 3, 2018. Follow the link below to sign a pre-written letter prepared by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. (You can also can add to or edit the letter.) It only takes one minute to add your voice!

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A plea to the people of New Brunswick...

I had hoped to teach my children the joys of fly fishing on the Nashwaak river. But now its fragile freshwater habitat is gravely threatened by the proposed Sisson Mine. It’s much more than the fish at stake, and one thing is clear: the ecological costs of the mine far outweigh the short-term economic gains. The calls are growing for the residents of New Brunswick to reclaim their natural heritage and write the story of their own future.

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"Sons of the River" nominated for two Atlantic Journalism Awards

Our story "Sons of the River," documenting a ten day, 170 kilometre canoe trip down the Miramichi river and published in the Winter 2017 issue of the Atlantic Salmon Journal, has been nominated for two Atlantic Journalism Awards: best magazine article and best cover. We would like to say a big thank you to the Atlantic Journalism Awards for this recognition, as well as Martin Silverstone and the design team from the Atlantic Salmon Federation. We look forward to producing many more stories together and appreciate all the great feedback and support from our readers!

Nick Hawkins
Cover of Atlantic Salmon Journal Spring 2018

This week we received the Spring 2018 issue of the Atlantic Salmon Journal and were happy to see our image on the cover (and on the p. 8-9 spread). We’re excited to say that there’s lots more to come. In the Summer issue, you’ll get to hear about our adventure in the Gaspé peninsula last fall. We saw some incredible scenery, had a few memorable wildlife encounters, and got to know a new and different salmon country. 


And, of course, we got right in the water and produced some of the most extraordinary underwater salmon images yet. Our time with those fish was nothing short of life-changing. The hens were almost bursting with eggs and the males chased each other aggressively around the pool. Spending some time in their world, we came to a whole new appreciation of wild Atlantic salmon. Stay tuned for the next issue of the ASJ, in which you can read the full story and see more unforgettable images.

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We’re the voice for the next generation of Atlantic salmon anglers and conservationists. As the iconic species declines, so does the number of anglers. We know the story of Atlantic salmon doesn’t have to be a tragic one. But we also know that to keep the species — and the sport — alive, more people have to get hooked. 

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Releasing a Silver Ghost

[Adapted from “To Free a Salmon is to…, which appeared in the Autumn 2016 issue of the Atlantic Salmon Journal, and was originally accompanied by photos from Jean-Guy Béliveau]

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