SAEN 25th Annual Dinner and Auction

The Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN) will be holding its 25th. Annual Dinner and Auction on Saturday, Apr. 5th, 2014, at the Holiday Inn. We hope we can count on your support again this year.

There are three ways to support our fund raiser.

  1. To buy tickets at $75.00 per person; tables of 8 and 12 are available.
  2. Purchase an ad in our auction booklet.
  3. Make a donation for our Live and Silent Auctions.

This is our major fund raiser of the year and all proceeds go towards supporting SAEN in the conservation and protection of trout and salmon stocks in Newfoundland and Labrador. Please contact Don Hutchens our event coordinator 722-9300 or email


Hope to see you there!

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Presidents Report

2013 was a good season for fishing in most SFA’s. More and more angling licenses are being issued and many new anglers are having their share of success. One of the biggest issues wild Atlantic salmon face today is the rapid expansion of open net aquacluture operations. The industry and Government envision doubling the production capacity for farm salmon on the south coast by 2018 with operations expanding eastward to Placentia Bay and westward to Burgeo.  It is disapointing to witness the rapid decline of wild salmon returning to Conne River, although it is not surprising to the science community nor the angling public as evidence mounts that wild salmon are adversly impacted by sea pen  aquaculture operations that are operated close by wild rivers. At recent industry consultations SAEN received advice of the first evidence that farmed salmon are interacting with the wild population both at sea and in stream in both spring and fall. Approximately 10% had gonads and ripe eggs during the fall season. COSEWIC estimates a population of 37,400 adult wild salmon in DU4 (south coast). We know that many more than that have escaped and have not been recaptured. It is likely that intergretion is occurring and that a different strain of salmon that are genetically inferior will be produced. We also worry that out migrating wild salmon smolt are attracted to open net pens closeby the migration route. Sea lice are known to overpopulate the bottom under these pens. The lice attach themselves to the small smolt that are unable to host parasites of that size this early in their development. The smolt eventually die. There are other issues including desease which may be spreading to both adult wild salmon returning to thier birth rivers and out migrating smolts. On a positive note the Provincial authorities have consulted with SAEN and have confirmed thier interest in continued consultations. A new Bay Management Area (BMA) strategy may solve some of SAEN’s concern with placing operations adjacent to rivers hosting wild populations. The industry and Government continue to involve SAEN as a stakeholder and are interested in prioritizing escape recovery plans and modelling a strategy after best practices from other jurisdictions. SAEN has participated in all forums available for input in respect to aquaculture. Our concerns are sometimes addressed but often ignored.

SAEN has fly tying and rod building courses available to all members and we have continued to grow our projects work during 2013. The second year of the Rennies River Salmon Reintroduction Project was successfull. We electrofished 10 sites and discovered young of the year salmon in nine. Volunteers from our membership and freinds planted 65,500 eggs during November. 95 sites were utilized. We changed our planting strategy from 2012 when we dug incubators directly into the stream bed at planting time. Many were lost downstream so during the summer we hired a Green Team of students from the Conservation Core of Newfoundland and Labrador. They sank 125 dairy crates deep into the riverbeds. When volunteers visted the sites to plant incubators they just slipped them into the dairy crates. Of course we are not just reintroducing salmon. We are busy constructing a fishway around the north side of the falls at Quidi Vidi between the lake outlet and the gut. Work should be completed during the summer of 2014. We have also secured funding to proceed with developing a series of spawning beds in O’Leary’s Brook behind the Dollar Store at the Avalon Mall which will be done during the summer of 2014. SAEN participated in planting over 200 seedlings along the banks of Rennies River in an effort to stabalize riverbanks and provide badly needed cover for jueviniles.

SAEN held a BBQ and Family Day in August at Murray’s Pond Country Club. All who attended had a good time. Plans are underway to hold another event at the same place next August. I hope to see you there.

I would like to thank all of the Board members and Committee members for thier efforts this past year. We held a successful Dinner and Auction last May and held a successful Moose Stew in November. The proceeds of these events together with your membership dues gives SAEN the ability to pay our rent, keep the lights on and continue in our work.

We continue to look for volunteers to sit as directors or on committees. If you are interested please contact the office.

On Behalf of the Board and Executive I wish you good fishing in the New Year.

Scott Nightingale

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Newfoundland and Labrador Trophy Catch & Release Angler


The Salmon Association of Eastern Newfoundland, in association with AMEC, are pleased to sponsor and present the Newfoundland and Labrador Trophy Catch and Release Angler Record Program. This program provides anglers an opportunity to record and share their catch and release trophies from numerous species with fellow anglers. 

The Program gives special recognition to anglers capturing and releasing fish that meet minimum trophy length standards for a species. Valid entrants will be listed in the Provincial Record List and an Annual Record List which will be published on the SAEN Website and other publications.

Safe catch and release practices are critical to the survival of Atlantic Salmon.  Please see the following video from the ASF (Atlantic Salmon Federation) on safe techniques to help  ensure survival rates.

Please find additional information and the application form Angler Record Application_Feb4_14


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2014 Winter Trout and Smelt Angling Opening


Jan. 30, 2014

2014 Winter Trout and Smelt Angling Opening

DFO advises that the 2014 Trout and Smelt winter angling seasons in
non-scheduled waters throughout Newfoundland and Labrador will open as

Trout season dates:

Zone 1 (Insular Newfoundland)………… February 1

Zone 2 (Labrador Straits)…….. March 1

Zone 3 (Southeastern Labrador)…… February 1

Zone 4 (Western Labrador)….. February 1

Zone 5 (Central Labrador)…….. February 1

Zone 6 (Northern Labrador) ……..February 1

There are exceptions to these dates for Special Trout Management Areas.

Consult the 2013/14 Angler’s Guide for specific information on these
Special Trout Management Areas.

Daily bag limits:

The daily bag limit for inland and tidal waters of insular Newfoundland
for all trout species combined, and for Brook Trout in Labrador, is 12
trout or five pounds (2.27 kg) plus one fish, whichever is reached first.

In Labrador, the daily bag limit and possession limit for Lake Trout is
three fish in Zones 3-6. The daily bag limit for Lake Trout in Zone 2 is
two fish, with a four-fish possession limit. The daily bag limit for
Arctic Char and Northern Pike is two fish, with a possession limit of
twice the daily bag limit. In the Special Trout Management Area of the
Eagle Plateau Management Zone, Chateau Pond and Gilbert’s Lake the daily
bag limit is six Speckled(Brook)Trout or 2.5 pounds plus one fish,
whichever is reached first, and the possession limit is equal the daily
bag limit.

In Special Trout Management Areas, the daily bag limit is six trout or two
pounds (0.9 kg) plus one fish, whichever is reached first.

Possession limit:

The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit with the exception of
the Special Trout Management Areas, where the possession limit is the
daily bag limit.

Angling gear:

While fishing through the ice, anglers are permitted to use three separate
lines which must be closely and constantly attended by the angler.


Smelt angling in non-scheduled inland waters of insular Newfoundland and
in Labrador are subject to the same season dates as trout angling, with
the exception of those ponds that opened January 15, 2014 (refer to the
2013/14 Angler’s Guide). There is no bag or possession limit for Smelt,
and no bag or possession limit for Whitefish in Labrador

For a complete list of trout angling information, please consult the
2013/14 Angler’s Guide, which is available online at

DFO reminds anglers to take precautions before venturing out on the ice or
water this season.

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SAEN Completes Salmon Egg Planting on Rennie’s River System for 2013

SAEN just wrapped up the planting of Salmon Eggs on the Rennie’s River system on Nov 28th.

It was another successful year with over 60,000 eggs planted in over 120 sites in the watershed.

SAEN would like to thank our partners for their support and would also like to give a BIG THANKS to our volunteers again this year. Without volunteers this would be a daunting task.

Egg box retrieval and hatch success data collection will take place in the spring and we look forward to connecting again with our supporters & volunteers to carry on the project work.


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ERMA Selected as 2013 Guenter Behr Salmonid Conservation Award

(ERMA) Environment Resources Management Association has been awarded the 2013 Guenter Behr Salmonid Conservation award by the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN) for their endeavors in expanding and enhancing the Exploits River to become the largest wild Atlantic Salmon producing river on the Island of Newfoundland. Continue reading

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Siltration of City streams due to construction

Saen is calling on all members and concerned citizens to keep us advised of any activity that you see which is causing siltration or pollution of our streams.

As recently as this past week we have experienced siltration occurring on the stream running by Kenmount Road in the vicinity of the Esso station.

For any development area there is a mandated buffer zone (generally 15 meters / 50 feet) or where trees and other vegetation must not be remove or cut down but in this particular area this has not been observed.

Please alert us by e mail at or call us at 722 9300

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Salmon Eggs are Ready… Salmon Egg Planting on the Rennie’s River

We have just been advised that the Salmon Egg shipments are about to start.

We will be receiving the first shipment this Wednesday night and will begin planting on Thursday morning at 9:00 AM.

It is expected that this will be a large shipment and could amount to 50,000 eggs or 50% of our full allotment of eggs.

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19th Annual Guenter Behr Award & Moose Stew Supper

SAEN Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland Presents:
19th Annual Guenter Behr Award & Moose Stew Supper
in aid of Salmon & Trout Conservation

Location: St. Teresa’s Parish Hall, 120 Mundy Pond Rd.

Date:  Thursday, November 21st, 2013 Continue reading

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Tree Planting on Rennie’s River

Sunday Sept 15th (Scott Nightingale, Ian Gall & Lyle Drake), members of SAEN undertook a tree planting outing on the banks of the Rennie’s River.

The stretch of river that was planted was between Allandale Road and Prince Phillip Parkway.

The trees were white pine trees and hopefully when they grow they should provide some cover and shade along that section of the river as well as provide some stabilization of the river bank.

Here are a few pictures from the outing.

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