This site is dedicated to the Cascapedia-St. Jules community; the center stage belongs to the one and only
star of the show:
The Atlantic Salmon, King of Fish of The Cascapedia
"Wild Atlantic salmon are a fundamental element of the North Atlantic ecosystem. Their presence and relative abundance in our rivers is a signal of both environmental and economic well-being. There is no better illustration of the value of Salmo Salar than in the opportunities they offer to the Gaspé region. "
As we reflect over the life cycle of the Cascapedia River salmon,
one has to marvel at the tremendous trip it makes after leaving the
Chaleur estuary, venturing out to an ocean odyssey, in some cases going over
three thousand miles to return unerringly to its river of origin.
the Pacific species that comes home to spawn and die,
The King of Fish comes
home to spawn, and goes back for another perilous power-packed captivating
journey at sea.
This cycle can repeat that two, three and even four times.
These big salmon are known as multi-sea-winters (MSW).salmon, the trophies
of the Cascapedia River.
There are 23 salmon rivers on Gaspé Peninsula, and 150 in Quebec, but the fish that return to the Grand Cascapedia are a particularly robust strain of Salmo salar, the biggest in Canada, or anywhere except Norway’s Alta River. They average twenty pounds. The record is still the 54-pound fish caught in l886 by R.G. Dun, of Dun and Bradstreet, the New York credit-checking firm.
Except for differences in
ocean feeding grounds, all wild Atlantic salmon share the same life-cycle.
They leave their natal rivers as 6-inch smolts and head to ocean feeding
grounds where they feed on sand eels, capelin and other forage fish for at
least one year.
Some salmon return to their natal rivers after only one
sea-winter (1SW - often referred to as grilse).
This group is generally
composed of predominantly male salmon with a small percentage of females who
carry relatively few eggs compared to older salmon.
The large egg-rich
female salmon that are critical to the survival of the species, return to the
rivers after two or multi-sea-winters (MSW).
The Atlantic Salmon of The
Cascapedia River certainly deserves respect.
Cascapediariver.com will be
here for The Cascapedia Salmon. The motto of this site is: "Tease,
Catch and Release"