Transport of salmon to aid the reproduction of Atlantic salmon
Did you know that we transport spawning salmon? In fact, we have special equipment dedicated to this activity to protect Atlantic salmon. The last level of the fishway is a transport cage where we make our observations to compile population statistics. When conditions are optimal, we select the largest specimens for transport.
Why? Because a former hydroelectric dam located higher up on the river (called des Murailles, which means the Wall), blocks the salmon trying to go upstream. We use a crane to move the transport cage in an oxygenated transport basin and then release the spawning pairs on the other side of the dam where the river is wilder, and the spawning grounds of better quality. The fish not selected for this transport continue up the river and find their ideal spawning ground between the fishway and the dam. Each year, 20% of the total run is thus relocated. Some fish are also moved to the fish farm in Tadoussac.