Tens of Thousands of Salmon Eggs Placed in Rennie’s River – The Telegram Article


Tens of thousands of salmon eggs placed in Rennie’s River

Josh Pennell
Published on November 24, 2014

For the third consecutive year, tens of thousands of salmon eggs have been placed in the Rennie’s River in an effort to bring wild Atlantic salmon back to waters where they were once plentiful.

Scott Nightingale of the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN) says the eggs come from salmon in the Exploits River.

Including this year, SAEN has placed about 300,000 eggs in the river.

“What we’re trying to do is mimic nature and we’ll take the time to fertilize and sterilize the eggs,” he says.

Sterilizing the eggs with iodine helps protect them from fungal infections, though the procedure doesn’t mimic nature but protects the eggs against it.

In the wild, Nightingale says, about eight to 12 per cent of the eggs an individual fish lays will hatch.

Using the iodine results in a much higher hatch rate — about 90 to 98 per cent.

The eggs have been placed at 140 different sites and are placed further upstream than salmon would normally spawn, but also further upstream than the large brown trout that would eat the eggs.

“So right away, the eggs are off to a better start than the ones in the wild,” says Nightingale.

Salmon were extirpated more than a hundred years ago from the river, he says, as the city expanded and pollution drove the fish out. Now the river has been rehabilitated to the point that there’s enough habitat to support a wild run of Atlantic salmon.


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2014 Guenter Behr Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation Award Recipient

Our Honoured Guenter Behr Award Recipient this year is Scott Nightingale

Scott has been an active member of SAEN for many years and served as president for a few years, before stepping away. After he retired and had no REAL job he decided to return to the board of SAEN as Vice President for a year and as President for the past two years.

Since his return to the board he has been the main spark plug in revitalizing SAEN’s efforts and projects that are ongoing.

Through Scott’s guidance and the work of the projects committee, our corporate partners and the many volunteers from the board, our membership and from the community at large we have completed various projects.

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Fly Rod Building Course

SAEN will be offering a rod building course again this year.

Course  Start Date: Sunday, Nov 30th 2014

Class Time: Every Sunday 1:00 -3:00 PM

Course Duration: 10 Weeks

Course Location: SAEN Office 50 Pippy Place Unit #8 (around back).

Course Cost:$30.00 for members & $50.00 for non-members.

To book a spot for the course contact the SAEN office tel: 722 9300 or email saen@nfld.com

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Moose Stew Supper

Moose Stew Supper

SAEN Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland Presents:
20th 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 20th, 2014

Doors Open: 6:00 pm

Supper served: 7:30 pm sharp

Admission: $15.00 /person                                       (Beef Stew available)

Win your Christmas Liquor                                      Artwork

Bargains on Xmas Gifts                                           Special Fly Rod Raffles

Silent Auction                                                            Salmon & Trout Flies

Xmas cakes                                                                 Special Rum Raffle

Xmas cookies                                                             Xmas Puddings

Tickets available from:

SAEN Office: 722-9300

Ian Gall: 579 0843

Lyle Drake: 754 8530

or any S.A.E.N Board Member

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2014 Guenter Behr Award Nominations

Each year SAEN calls for nominations for deserving individuals or
organizations that would qualify for the Guenter Behr Wild Atlantic
Salmon Conservation Award.

Nominations close October 31, 2014.
Nominations should be forwarded in writing to the SAEN Office:

P.O. Box 29122, St. John’s, NL,  A1A5B5

or email saen@nfld.com

See SAEN web site for list of previous recipients.

Guenter Behr Recipients

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New Board of Directors

At the SAEN AGM held on Sept 11th, 2014 the new board was put in place.

This years board is:

President    Scott Nightingale
Vice President    (Vacant)
Secretary    Robert Bishop
Treasurer    Clar Button
Past President    Trevor Davis

Greg Billard
Lyle Drake
Ian Gall
Jim McCarthy
John Patey
Ken Rollings
Darrell Vardy
Sean Vardy
Chris Warford
Frank Walsh
Brad Williams

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Salmon Angling Log


Sep. 12, 2014

Salmon Angling Log

Anglers are reminded to complete their Salmon Angling Log. Angling log
data is an important tool in the stock assessment process. If you
purchased a license and did not fish, it is important to let us know. If
you did fish please record your daily angling activity as accurately as
possible. Check the appropriate box and submit your form.

The Salmon Angling Log can be found online at


Play a part in conserving the resource. Submit your form today.



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ASF Catch and Release Photo Contest

ASF has just launched a Catch and Release Photo Contest.

The contest is for  the best photo of a person releasing an angled Atlantic Salmon this year (2014).   The Lucky winner will be notified on Nov 04, 2014 and the prize is a Sage Rod.

You are encouraged to participate in this contest and to encourage others to do the same.

Thanks and good luck!

ASF Catch and Release Contest

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Fly Tying Course

Fly Tying Course

SAEN  Fly Tying courses for beginners &  intermediate Fly Tiers

Course  Start Date: Tuesday Sept 30th, 2014

Class Time: Every Tuesday 7:30 -9:30 PM

Course Duration: 10 Weeks

Course Location: SAEN Office 50 Pippy Place Unit #8

Course Cost: $50.00 for non-members and $30.00 for members.

Contact the SAEN office to register.  saen@nfld.com or 722-9300

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Completion of Salmon Spawning Bed Project on Rennies River


Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland announces completion of Salmon Spawning Bed Project on Rennies River.

A ceremony will be held Thursday Aug 21st  2:30pm at the site (bridge on O’Leary Avenue beside the Dollarama Store) to officially announce completion of the project and to thank our community partners who supported and collaborated on the project. They include the Recreational Fishery Conservation Partnership Program, the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation, AMEC, Conservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador, TD Friends of the Environment Fund and RBC Bluewater Fund.

In 2012 the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland (SAEN) commenced a five year experimental project to reintroduce wild Atlantic Salmon to the Rennies River Watershed. As a result of volunteer efforts thousands of fertilized eggs have been planted. This city river now hosts two year classes of juvenile wild Atlantic Salmon. Electrofishing results confirm that the fish are in good shape and are establishing and occupying territories throughout the upper reaches of the watershed. In anticipation of adults returning to spawn in future years SAEN has now completed a project located downstream from the bridge on O’Leary Avenue. This is an area that was encroached upon by parking lots on both the east and west banks.  Seven low head dams have been installed and the pools have been filled with over 35 tons of spawning stone. In addition the barren, rocky east and west banks have been enriched with topsoil and plantings of native species of grasses, shrubs and trees. These plantings will provide root systems to prevent bank erosion and will also provide a protective canopy to protect against summer sun and overhead predation.

We hope you can join us and help us in informing the general public on this exciting milestone in the re-introduction of Atlantic Salmon to the Rennies River.

For more information or comment from SAEN contact: Scott Nightingale 689-2544

Pictures of Green Team working on the project

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