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Sport Fishing in New Brunswick
The Lure of the River: Sport Fishing in New Brunswick

Following its emergence in the 1840s, sport fishing in New Brunswick grew as a recreational activity through tourist promotion and an improved infrastructure. By the mid-twentieth century, these factors combined with industrial development and environmental degradation to increase the pressure on recreational fishing stocks, leading to a more co-operative form of river management as the twenty-first century begins.


Morning at Mid-Landing - 
Webster Collection, New Brunswick Museum

This scene recalls the early days of sport fishing with plentiful stock and no limits on catch. Lord Mulgrave, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, is shown with members of his entourage during a visit to the Nepisiguit River in northeastern New Brunswick during the late 1850s.

Morning at Mid-Landing (1860)
From a lithograph after William Hickman in Nipisaguit, A River of New Brunswick, B.N. America.
(Courtesy: Webster Collection, New Brunswick Museum)


Last Salmon from Saint John Harbour? - 
Saint John Telegraph Journal

This photograph shows one of the last wild salmon taken in Saint John Harbour in 1971, the year the commercial fishery of this species was closed in the harbour. By 1985, the commercial netting of wild salmon in the Maritimes was banned entirely. Although sport fishermen can catch a limited number of one-year-old wild salmon (grilse), consumers today rely primarily on aquaculture for salmon.

The Last Salmon from Saint John Harbour? (1971)
(Courtesy: Saint John Telegraph Journal)


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