Watershed Wildlife

Atlantic Salmon spawning female

The Atlantic Salmon can be found in select streams around PEI, and we here at BBEMA are lucky enough to have spawning Salmon within the Wilmot and Dunk Rivers. Salmon move from the ocean into the freshwater streams in the fall to mate, these are the same streams where they hatched themselves. Young salmon spend 1 – 4 years in the river where they were hatched before making their way back to the ocean between March and June for 2 – 3 years before returning. During their life salmon will grow from a few grams up to 30lbs. The largest Salmon ever caught weighed in at just over 100lbs.

Suitable spawning habitat consists of gravel or rubble in areas of moving water. Eggs hatch in March or April so this makes habitat restoration and protection the key to the conservation process. If you would like to learn more about what is living in your watershed please feel free to contact us, and remember to check back next week for more Bedeque Bay Watershed wildlife!