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

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SAEN Annual General Meeting

SAEN Annual General Meeting


Date:  September 11th, 7pm

Place:  Hampton Hall, Marine Institute, Ridge Road


Review of 2013 AGM minutes

Errors and/or Omissions

Treasurer’s Report

Projects Committee Report

Presidents Report

Vice-Presidents Report

Election of Officers

Any Other Business Arising


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Salmon Rivers re-opening in Zone 10 and Zone 11


Aug. 18, 2014

Salmon Rivers re-opening in Zone 10 and Zone 11

DFO advises anglers that due to improved environmental conditions in some 
areas the following rivers will re-open one hour before sunrise on 
Wednesday August 20, 2014.

For more information please visit the In Season River Status Report at or call the Angling Line 
at 709-772-4423.

Zone 10

96. Nonsuch Brook
97. Cape Rodger River
98. Bay de l’Eau River
99. Red Harbour River, Northeast &Northwest branches & tributary streams

Zone 11

118. Allen's Cove Brook, Facheau Bay
119. Bottom Brook, Facheau Bay
120. Hare Bay Rivers, Southwest Coast
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RBC Blue Water Project Supports SAEN

Today as part of their “Blue Water Project” the Royal Bank of Canada presented a donation to SAEN (Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland) in support  of the project to reintroduce Atlantic Salmon into the Rennies/Virginia River system.

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Facebook Page

SAEN does have a Facebook page and we would like you to become friends on our page

The page name is : Saen Nfld

The page can be found by typing Saen Nfld in the search box.

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Lower Waterford River Cleanup May 8th

We will be undertaking a Clean up of the lower Waterford River Thursday evening May 8th from 6.30pm to 8.30 pm.

If you can make it out to help us it would be appreciated. Just show up.. the more people that show the quicker it will be done.

CLEAN ST.JOHNS will supply garbage bags for the clean up and will also arrange to have the bags picked up Friday morning.

The meeting place is located a half kilometre west of Noseworthy’s store on  624 Southside Rd.  The store lies between Shea Heights Rd. and the junction of Southside Rd. with Columbus Drive . Corpus Christi Church is visible from the junction.

A map has been drawn up to show you the various points on the river for our area, namely below Bowering Park dam to the Synchrolift.  The drop off points for the garbage bags will be given when we meet.

Bring gloves and waders . Also, be on the lookout for things such as broken glass or discarded needles.  Be careful lifting any heavy items .

Thanks to  all volunteers.

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SAEN AGM May 13th, 2014

SAEN will be holding the 2014 AGM (Annual General Meeting) Tuesday May 13th at Hampton Hall, Marine Institute on Ridge Road at  7:00 PM.

All members in good standing are encouraged to attend. There are many exciting projects being undertaken by SAEN as well as issues that need to be addressed for salmon & trout sustainability.

The agenda for the meeting is:

2014 Agenda

Review of 2013 AGM minutes – corrections/additions

President’s Report

Vice President’s Report

Treasurer’s Report

Projects Committee Report

Election of Officers

Spawner Magazine distribution

Any Other Business

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Summer Student Job Opening

SAEN will be hiring a summer student for 7 weeks this summer.

The job is to assist Project Manger (Scott Nightingale) coordinate various
projects ongoing this summer on the Rennies River System.

The student will be required to do some office work: checking e-mails,
message manager, mail etc.

Candidate must be eligible to apply under Federal Student Placement
program.(ie. returning to school next fall).
Submit application to SAEN office:
P.O. Box 29122
St. John’s,  NL
A1A 5B5


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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. Continue reading

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