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Jacquet River Salmon Barrier

Things to Do in Belledune: Jacquet River Salmon Barrier

The site includes a museum, information center and friendly staff that are always willing to share their knowledge. The Salmon Barrier is located just off Highway 11 and Jacquet River Drive exit, follow the signs!

The Jacquet River Salmon Barrier is now open, therefore another great opportunity for family, friends and visitors to take in this wonderful experience!

The Jacquet River Salmon Barrier is part of the Jacquet River Salmon Restoration project, a program initially implemented by the provincial government to help restore the salmon population in the Jacquet River following population decline caused by habitat degradation.

As the salmon return to spawn, the barrier is spaced so that smaller fish may pass, but breeding salmon are detained. Once the best time arrives, usually mid-fall, the salmon are released up-river and are allowed to continue to their spawning grounds. During the time the salmon are detained there is a contingent of approximately eight workers who measure and record data from the salmon to track sizes and return rates. During the 18-20-week period that the program runs the workers monitor the site 24 hours a day.



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