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Title: Habitat Restoration for Atlantic Salmon
Author: David W.J. Smart
Document Type: Monograph
Annotation: Bensinger-Liddell Fellowship 1996/7
The overall long-term goal of any management policy for Atlantic salmon is the creation or augmentation of self-sustaining salmon populations. The objective of many fisheries managers at present is to increase the number of adult salmon returning to their native rivers to spawn. There is considerable evidence available at present to suggest that many rivers are producing the maximum number of smolts for the existing area of good nursery and juvenile habitat available within the river catchment. Hence, if fisheries managers want to increase salmon production, one of the first priorities should be to increase the quantity of nursery and spawning habitat or its quality, or both. The aim must be to increase the natural production and survival of juvenile salmon in order to increase the number of returning adults, by establishing the best possible environmental conditions in the nursery streams. Therefore, the goal of self-sustaining salmon populations is only attainable if sufficient freshwater habitat is present, in both quality and quantity. This then paves the way for increasing the numbers of returning adults to utilise this habitat.
Publisher: Atlantic Salmon Trust
Publication Date: 1997
Publication Place: Pitlochry
Subject Keywords: MorphologyHabitat assessmentRiver rehabilitationRiparian vegetationErosion controlHabitat improvementCatchment management
Geographic Keywords: United Kingdom
Taxonomic Keywords: Salmonidae
Extent: 60
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