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The Gulf of Maine Times

Volume 5, Number 1

The Bay of Fundy debates future of its disappearing salmon

Trying to avoid rancor, groups push to list fish as endangered

By Andi Rierden, Editor

Get Perry Munro talking about fly fishing for Atlantic salmon and there is no walking away. "It's like a mystical experience, almost like an addiction," he will say. For four decades he has pursued the salmon, whose cunning and acrobatic grace has crowned it the aristocrat of aristocrats among game fish. As a boy and young man growing up in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Munro waited each spring for the silvery torpedoes to return to the Gaspereau River near his home. He watched as the salmon leaped from the churning eddies. And he waded in water waste deep until his fishing rod jolted to life, tight as a piano string, as the hooked fish coursed downstream. "There's nothing like getting a salmon to take; it's all in the take," he says.


Tom King of Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in Maine inspecting Atlantic salmon eggs inside the Penobscot Room on the newly expanded hatchery building. (Photo Andi Rierden)