Register now for the 4th annual St. John River Summit

 

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Register online: 

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Atlantic Salmon Federation Dinner & Auction

FACT SHEET - ASF Fredericton Dinner 2016The 24th Annual Atlantic Salmon Federation Fredericton Dinner and Auction has grown into one of their premier fund-raising events in New Brunswick. The evening is an opportunity for conservationists, salmon anglers and friends to share ideas and tell tales of their fishing adventures and conservation interests – whether it is restoration work on the Nashwaak River to help recover the endangered outer Bay of Fundy salmon, or fishing one of New Brunswick’s pristine rivers from the Miramichi to the Restigouche. An exciting part of the evening is the live auction which includes trips to some of the most sought after fishing waters in the world, original works of art, fishing gear and many other unique items.

Event: Dinner and Auction
Location: Fredericton Inn
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016
Attendance Goal: 300-350
Dress: Business Casual

6:00 pm Reception & Silent Auction
7:30 pm Dinner & Live Auction

2016 Fund Raising Objective: $40,000 Net Proceeds for Salmon Conservation Work 

Live Auction Items – includes high end fishing trips, art and other “non” fishing items
Silent Auction Items – includes donations from local retailers, restaurants/hotels, flies and fishing gear

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Proceeds Are to Benefit the Conservation Programs of ASF

The Atlantic Salmon Federation is one of North America’s oldest and most respected conservation organizations, founded over a half century ago by individuals who shared a deep commitment to conservation and an abiding respect for a majestic and severely threatened fish and its environment. The wild Atlantic salmon is truly a symbol of healthy rivers and ecosystems. Today ASF is a powerful conservation force with six regional councils, including the New Brunswick Salmon Council (NBSC), and 150 local river-based organizations in eastern Canada and New England, representing a combined membership of more than 40,000 dedicated conservationists.

The NBSC is a volunteer body representing 30 salmon angling/conservation groups in the ASF family in New Brunswick. The NBSC plays a strong role in supporting its diverse affiliates in their ongoing efforts to restore wild Atlantic salmon through habitat enhancement, monitoring, advocacy and increasing engagement through youth programs. The local affiliate here on the St. John River, the St. John Basin Salmon Recovery Inc., has been the driving force in ongoing efforts to achieve downstream fish passage at hydropower dams on the river system. Improved passage for smolts and kelts is critical to the future of Atlantic salmon on the St. John system. The NBSC has partnered with ASF in making a significant contribution toward the smolt and kelt tracking research program being undertaken in the Miramichi and Restigouche watersheds to help unravel the mystery of high at-sea mortality. The promotion of conservation-minded angling practices, community-based watershed management, maintaining protection of the resource (e.g. protection barriers) and the introduction of youth to recreational salmon fishing and conservation are important objectives of this volunteer conservation organization in the ASF family.


TICKETS / SPONSORSHIPS:

Conservation Table of 8: $2,000
Sponsor Table of 8: $1,500
Regular Table of 8: $800
Individual Ticket: $100

A Sponsor and Conservation Level of support includes a table of 8, a charitable receipt, preferred seating, and recognition of support in the evening program, power point presentation as well as special mention from the podium.

To RSVP please contact: Telephone: 1-800-565-5666, E-mail: events@asf.ca or fax: 506-529-1070.


FACT SHEET – ASF Fredericton Dinner 2016

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Volunteers Needed for Summer Work

river shotIts spring and the Nashwaak Watershed Association is once again seeking volunteers to help out at the Rotary Fish Traps (smelt wheels) on the Nashwaak River. The time commitment is a ½ day, weekend morning and it is a really interesting experience.

Below is a list of the dates for which volunteers are needed. If you are interested, please e-mail Peter Salonius at: petersalonius@hotmail.com or telephone him at (506) 459-6663 to let him know on which dates you might be available.

NOTE: You may not be needed on the day you have chosen if the operation is not taking place due to high water or lack of fish in the days previous. You must wear a personal floatation device / life jacket and waterproof boots …… dressing appropriately for the weather (rain, cold, or heat etc)

What you can expect

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) technician who will be on duty for your morning will contact you by phone a day or so before to set a time and place to meet. The tech can often pick you up at your residence on the way out to the smolt wheels that are just downstream from Durham Bridge, and drop you back at your residence when the work is completed.

The wheel(s) look like cement mixers with the big end facing upstream — the current makes the wheel rotate and downstream and migrating fish are gently directed by the wheel’s rotation into a holding well at the downstream end of the unit.

You will travel by motorboat upriver to the smolt wheel that is guy-wired in the main current, and tie up the boat to the deck (like a floating dock). The tech will do most of the operation (clearing debris from the wheel and fish well, netting the fish and depositing them in buckets in the boat) but he or she will need you to tally the salmon smolts as WILD or HATCHERY ORIGIN in groups of five, as well as marking down other species and their sizes on waterproof paper in a log book.

Once back on shore, the retained fish in buckets will be anesthetized, measured, weighed and a scale sample will be removed for later analysis to determine how many years they have been in the river since hatching from the egg — here again you will be making entries in the log book and marking lengths and weights on sample envelopes into which the glass slides with the scales are deposited. A certain number of the fish will have a small part of their fleshy adipose fin removed / clipped off, which is an operation requiring both you and the tech. At the end of the morning, the marked fish will be taken several km upstream and placed back in the river.

What we learn from this process

The proportion of the fish that are recaptured on subsequent days will indicate how much of the total population is being captured by the wheel(s) so that the total number of juveniles migrating toward the ocean can be estimated at the end of the season. DFO operates an adult fish counting fence in the same location during the summer so that the numbers of salmon returning from the ocean can be compared to the smolt numbers that migrated to the ocean. This measure gives an indication of marine survival. The Nashwaak River is used as the INDEX river for all salmon streams downstream from the Mactaquac dam.

Thank you!

Planned dates for counts

Saturday, April 23
Sunday, April 24

Saturday, April 30
Sunday, May 1

Saturday, May 7
Sunday, May 8

Saturday, May 14
Sunday, May 15

Saturday, May 21
Sunday, May 22
MONDAY, May 23

Saturday, May 28
Sunday, May 29

Call for a New Crown Lands and Forests Act

A broad range of public interest groups and experts in New Brunswick says new legislation is needed to ensure our public forests are being managed to meet the needs of all New Brunswickers.

The group, which includes representatives from wildlife organizations, the scientific community, private woodlot owners, environmental and conservation organizations, is calling for the urgent development of a new Crown Lands and Forests Act.

In a statement sent to the provincial government today, the group says the existing act, which came into law in 1982, fosters an outdated approach to forest management and fails to reflect the interests of the whole province. Forest management has become more complex, and New Brunswickers now expect forests to be managed for water, wildlife, recreation and other uses as well as jobs and revenue.

The statement referenced Auditor General Kim MacPherson’s June 2015 report on forest management, which stated our public forest should be managed for economic, environmental and social values, and highlighted that the province has lost money from the management of public forests for at least the last five years.

The group says new forest legislation should:

(1) State clear principles for managing public forests to protect the range of life in the forest, nature’s benefits, a wide variety of sustainable, forest-based business opportunities and recreational values all in the context of climate change;

(2) Clarify and reinstate government as the trustee responsible to the public for the stewardship of Crown lands;

(3) Ensure transparency in setting forestry goals and objectives, and in achieving them, including a robust system of public involvement and consultation throughout the process;

(4) Respect the Peace and Friendship Treaties and establish mechanisms for consultation through free, prior and informed consent with indigenous peoples;

(5) Support diversification and value-added processing within New Brunswick’s forest products sector; and

(6) Ensure that private woodlots provide a proportional share of the wood supply and promote productivity from private woodlots through stronger management, pricing and marketing measures.

For more information consult the following documents.

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2016 will bring a provincial water quality map to New Brunswick

We are excited to see that 2016 will bring a province-wide map of water quality to New Brunswick!

Late in 2015, the New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN)  launched a crowd funding campaign to produce a water quality map for New Brunswick. This map will combine water quality data collected by watershed groups across the province and present a unifying picture of water quality in New Brunswick waterways.

So far this campaign has been successful and with a month left it is expected to reach its goal.

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To find out more, check out their project  on the small change fund’s website!

https://smallchangefund.org/projects/water-quality-mapping-in-new-brunswick-watersheds/

NWAI Annual General Meeting, 2015

 

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Join Us for our 2015 Annual General Meeting

All are invited to attend the NWAI annual general meeting with guest speaker Charles Murray on Wednesday, November 18th. The business meeting will be at 7 pm, guest presentation at 8 pm.

Mr. Murray, the Provincial Ombudsman, issued a report in 2014 on the provincial water classification program and will discuss his role and his findings.

The Meeting is being held this year at The Ville Cooperative, a new co-op/community center in Marysville [Formerly the Alexander Gibson School] located at 241 Canada Street, Marysville.

Free Public Speaker/Presentation on Shale Gas

John Cherry poster-newFree Public Presentation

The Shale Gas Experiment
with Dr. John Cherry, Distinguished Emeritus Professor, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Tuesday, Nov 17 at 7 PM
Charlotte St. Arts Centre Auditorium
732 Charlotte St.
Fredericton, NB

In recent years, New Brunswick media have been filled with the opinions and scientific claims of both opponents and supporters of shale gas development.

To provide clarity about some of these claims and to continue its efforts to bring objective science on the issue of shale gas to the citizens of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance welcomes respected hydro-geologist, Dr. John Cherry to Fredericton.

Dr. Cherry served as the Chair of the 2014 Council of Canadian Academies report, Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in Canada.” 

You won’t want to miss this what this man has to say.  More information on the presentation can be found on our website. Please share via email lists, Facebook and Twitter.

Planting a stronger river & community

The Nashwaak Watershed Association Inc (NWAI) celebrated National Tree Day (September 23rd) with a two day teaching and tree planting event.

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This two day event started early on September 23rd when the Nashwaak Watershed Association, led by the Present Paul McLaughlin, brought a hundred silver maple seedlings and several larger silver maple trees to the Gibson-Neil Elementary school to plant with fourth grade students.

 

The students planted their seedlings in small pots and are now responsible for seeing these little trees through their first winter and into the ground next spring. The larger trees found homes around the school grounds.

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 September 24th, a wonderful group of volunteers from McInnes & Cooper Law firm came out to help these same students add 75 more silver maple trees to the NWAI’s collection of trees already putting roots down in the floodplain south of the Marysville Heritage Center.

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With this crew, the NWAI was able to get all the trees in the ground within the hour; a job which, otherwise, might have taken a full weekend.

This work is part of NWAI’s developing outreach program to help children understand the importance and uniqueness of different forests through experiential learning. Further, these plantings are part of a larger ongoing effort by the NWAI to re-establish the silver maple floodplain forests retired hay fields in the lower Nashwaak.

 

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I am new to the organization and just getting to know the communities of the Nashwaak Watershed. What struck me most over these two days was how willing the teachers, students, and volunteers were to come out and help us get these trees -that often out-weighted and out-stretched our fourth grade volunteers- into the ground.  Starting in this position I often wonder how we will reach our reforestation goals and, I guess now, I had little more hope. Maybe we are not alone in our goal of making the river just a little stronger, a little more resilient, and a little more interconnected.  Of course, maybe that is too philosophical, maybe everyone just came out for the Timbits….

 

 

Welcome, Heather! NWAI’s new project manager

We’re very excited to have Heather Loomer join the Nashwaak Watershed Association team as our new project manager. We have no shortage of great ideas for Heather to tackle in the coming year!

Heather is eager to work with the passionate and motivated group of people at the NWAI as well as become more involved in the Nashwaak River as it is at the heart of many issues related to resource management and development in New Brunswick. She is very excited about having the opportunity to enhance the vision of the organization and her experiences have given her a good foundation to start work as the new project manager for NWAI. You may see Heather paddling down the Nashwaak or biking along the trails in her spare time. We can’t wait to see what Heather has planned for the Association!

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We asked Heather a bit more about herself, her plans and her dreams for NWAI:

 

Aliza: Can you tell me a little about yourself? 

rrgHeather: I have always been contentiousness of environmental problems but became interested in local issues at the end of my BSc. In 2005, I was given the opportunity to do an honours project working with ACAP Saint John (a local NGO) to understand if the practice of discharging raw sewage into Saint John waterways was likely to contaminate local fish and threaten public health. My Masters research looked at the use of nutrients from treated waste waters into river food chains (i.e. stream bugs and fish) in southern Ontario. This experience and later work with the Grand River Conservation Authority instilled in me the complexity of water quality issues in rivers and importance of having designated people to advocate for the protection of individual rivers. My PhD research looks at the effect of agricultural land use on the function of New Brunswick. I think my biggest gain, (relevant to my position with the NWAI) from this experience was an appreciation of all the factors (i.e. weather, people, and logistics) that influence the outcome of a project. Together I think these experiences give me a good foundation to start work with the NWAI

 

Aliza: Why did you want to work for the NWAI? What are you excited to work on?

 

Heather: A lot of great work has been done to establish some strong projects (i.e. the tree nursery, the Greenway and educational projects) and gather motivated and passionate people to support the organization. I feel the organization is at a point where it has a strong foundation and the momentum to grow and I am excited about having the opportunity to bring the vision for the organization into fruition. The Nashwaak is a beautiful river at the heart of many issues related to resource management and development in New Brunswick and I am, both excited and nervous, to be responsible for making the voice of that ecosystem heard.

 

Aliza: What do you like to do in your free time? What else are you passionate about?

Heather: I am happiest when I am outside and over the years have developed a collection of outdoor sports I am passionate about pursuing at every opportunity. Typically, I rock climb in the summer and ski in the winter but take advantage of opportunities for outdoor adventures on foot, by bike or by paddle. As long as I get to spend my free time away from city life, I am not picky. I think it is my personal connection to natural spaces that makes me so motived to take the challenges of this new position with the NWAI.

My Summer with the Nashwaak Watershed Association

My brief 8 week summer internship just flew by and I can’t believe that it’s over! This short, exciting 8 week journey, made possible by the Canada Summer Job program, was like a treat, really productive and awesome. My days at Conserver House, the office of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and where I was able to work from, and the Nashwaak native tree nursery were very full and I had an excellent learning experience. I came across a lot of new things at the nursery which I had never done or experienced before in my life.

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I joined the Nashwaak Watershed Association, on July 6th 2015, to learn more about how to manage the river watershed as a healthy ecosystem and this engaging experience has really expanded my knowledge and broadened my horizon about river conservation. I got some great opportunities to learn more about the decline of salmon returns in the Nashwaak and how this decline has impacted New Brunswickers by doing an interview with Peter Salonius, past president of NWAI and Gary Spencer, a fly fisherman and resident of the Nashwaak Valley. I learned about the worrisome decline of salmon returning to the ocean that has been ongoing since the mid 80’s as the juvenile fish migrating to the ocean aren’t surviving in the marine environment due to viral diseases present in salt water and the parasitic sea lice. I also learned about some possible solutions to this problem including tighter restrictions on salmon farming.

During the 8 weeks, I had a chance to meet Heather Loomer, the new project manager of NWAI (stay tuned for an introduction to Heather!), and got to learn a lot about the projects she’ll be working on to incorporate citizen science/community based monitoring in the Nashwaak watershed. Citizen science projects are “activities sponsored by a wide variety of organizations so non-scientists can meaningfully contribute to scientific research” (Wikipedia). Citizen science can be used to increase connection of a natural space and to document environmental conditions. In my spare time at Conserver House, I shifted back to Heather’s research project to find different organizations across the globe, and I came across some great work done in the past by different organizations. This was something I had never heard of, so I was very excited to learn about her new project.  Stay tuned for opportunities with NWAI to help collect citizen science and monitor the river!

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I, along with Karyn and Olivia, interns at CCNB, spent a couple of hours every week outside the office at the nursery. It was a good break from the usual office routine and a great chance to step out in the sun. I learned a lot from Paul McLaughlin, President of the NWAI and Diane Fraser, a member of the board of the NWAI, about silviculture, something I never had a chance to experience before. They taught us how to transplant the baby silver maple trees for the nursery, how to re-pot pine, spruce, fir and hemlock trees in the pots. We learned how to use the old cement machine to mix the sheep manure and dirt together for the trees. With all hands in the field, Olivia, Karyn and Diane, all the hard work seemed like a great outing.  The hard work will go towards planting native trees along the Nashwaak to help stabilize the banks and protect them from future erosion.

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This 8 week internship is a perfect start to my experience of working life. I am very grateful to Stephanie Merrill, Paul, Diane, Karyn and Olivia for making my first job in Canada a superb learning opportunity and giving me the best summer ever!  I am leaving this position as a more environmentally aware person.