Our Mission

It’s our mission to implement a comprehensive recovery strategy to reverse the decline of wild Atlantic salmon… before it is too late.

About CAST

What is CAST?

CAST is a partnership of scientists, environmental groups and industry participants. Our focus is saving wild Atlantic salmon before it’s too late. Today we are working on six science projects on the Miramichi and Restigouche rivers. Our hope is that CAST will serve as a positive partnership model for Eastern Canada’s wild Atlantic salmon rivers.

The Challenge

Wild Atlantic salmon populations have experienced an accelerated decline since the 1980s in North America. Without immediate action, the population may not be able to recover.

60%

Only 60% of the Conservation Requirement met.

Pre-fishery Abundance

North American Atlantic salmon populations have been falling below the PFA (Pre-fishery Abundance) Conservation Minimum since the early 1990s.

Immediate action is required to reverse this trend.

Pre-fishery Abundance

Salmon Returns

While salmon returns to the Miramichi River have always fluctuated...

The accelerated decline began in the 1970s.

2012 to 2014 have shown the three lowest consecutive returns since 1987.

Salmon Returns

Economic Impact

GDP value for wild Atlantic salmon in eastern Canada was $149.5 million in 2010.

The GDP value of the recreational fishery alone is $116.3 million.

GDP: The gross domestic product is the market value of all goods and services related to wild Atlantic salmon.

Economic Impact

Environmental Impact

Check out live sonar imagery of fish tracking in Blackville, New Brunswick, Canada

Research Projects

Download The Science Team.pdf

We have six projects underway that are supporting our mission to reverse the decline in salmon populations and protect against the environmental and economic impacts associated with it. We will be adding more detail and data about the individual projects in the coming weeks, so please visit us often to see their progress.

Contact Us

If you have questions, or would like more information about CAST or our ongoing projects, please don’t hesitate to email us or call 1 844 884 CAST (2278)

CAST - Collaboration for Atlantic Salmon Tomorrow