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PSA: Please help us protect Avon River salmon

Please help! Time is running out – the province has a costly plan to build yet another ‘test’ aboiteau/barrier on the Avon River at Windsor and is going to start construction this month – January!!!

TIR’s initial plans are to start cutting a trough across the salt marsh and fill it in with boulders. They are driven to build a second aboiteau with doors and gates capable of stopping flow of the river and impeding any fish from entering their critical habitats. This will undoubtedly cause more damage to the river and stress/possibly harm many fish species, most importantly the endangered Wild Atlantic Salmon.

In 1968 the first aboiteau was built without ‘proper’ fish passage, blocking the river and stopping many fish from entering their critical habitats. 50 years later, we know the ill result that took place on the entire Avon River; the serious decline in fish populations and the destruction of a once healthy watershed. The new barricade will definitely ensure our river and its fish another 50 year death sentence.

For nearly 20 years the Friends of the Avon River (FAR) and others have lobbied government to fix the problem especially for the salmon like they did on the Petitcodiac River, New Brunswick in 2010. A portion of that causeway was removed and a bridge was built allowing the return of natural free tidal flow. This ensured safe and easy migration for these ‘Species at Risk’ and recovery to the river.

Our petition is asking government to fix the Avon River and its species crisis by removing a portion of the causeway to allow the return of its natural flow. We need your help to turn back the ‘hands of time’ on this vital watershed, in order to protect the endangered salmon for our future generations!

May 2020 be the best year ever for all of us, including the Salmon of the Avon River!

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This is a Government Petition and will be tabled in the House of Commons (Ottawa) if we get at least 500 signatures before the deadline. Petition Deadline: January 28th, 2020.

Thank you for your support! Sincerely, Sonja Wood

Click here: Petition to save the salmon of the Avon River, Nova Scotia


One Comment

  1. I would like to give my option on this subject.At one point about 56 years ago the fishermen with Salmon License could have partially made a living on the Avon River.My husband has fished this river most of his life.Since putting the Causeway in things have tramatically changed on this river.Sand bars where they never were before and loss of so much fish due to them not being able to go up to spawn.We are getting old this is not for our good but the good of future generations.There has been put forth a way to keep what we have if the proper people would just listen.Please do not destore anymore of the Avon.Do the right thing.Hoping you will.

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