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Salmon Reintroduced to Souris River

CANADA - Conservation groups are releasing 15,000 Atlantic salmon into Prince Edward Island rivers this year, including the Souris River, where there have been no salmon since 2001.

About 4,000 Atlantic salmon are being put back in the Souris River this week, the culmination of years of work to restore it, says CBCNews.

"The habitat is usually fast flowing, broken water. It's great habitat for salmon," Todd Dupuis of the Atlantic Salmon Federation told CBC News on Wednesday.

"Because there's no salmon, it's almost like barren habitat. It's like open house for these young salmon. Hopefully, it will catch on."

Wild Atlantic salmon have been in decline throughout the Maritimes for decades. On P.E.I., poaching and beaver dams are partly to blame. But it was a big fish kill in 2001 that finished them off in the Souris.

"We did a lot of restoration in the last four years in Souris River," said Fred Cheverie, watershed co-ordinator for the Souris and Area branch of the P.E.I. Wildlife Federation.

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