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Species - Salmon
Salmon numbers have fallen drastically in the last 100 years. A great deal of research has been carried out and bodies such as the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation have campaigned internationally to promote the sympathetic management of salmon stocks. Unfortunately salmon numbers have not responded as hoped.
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Salmon (Salmo salar)
Over a period of two-three years the par continue to develop and grow and eventually lose the finger print markings and turn silver in colour. The salmon are now smolts and it is at this point that they start making their way down river to the sea. The salmon remain at sea for one-four years feeding in cold northern waters before returning to the river of their birth to spawn. The swim upstream to the spawning areas is exhausting and the spawning itself is a depleting process. Salmon that have spawned are called kelts and if they survive long enough they once again return to the sea. It is only a very small percentage of kelts that manage to return to spawn again however, most die after spawning.