Since 1953  the Miramichi Salmon Association (MSA) has worked toward the preservation and enhancement of the wild Atlantic salmon. MSA continues to look to build its membership strength, so we encourage you, if not already a member, to please join our ranks.  Join us Now
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Vol. 29 Spring 2019
Upcoming Field Season
Field season is upon us for 2019 and it is looking like an exciting spring/summer!! Our smolt wheels are being prepped for installation this May; These wheels will serve as the collection platform for our smolt tracking program (a joint project with the ASF), smolt estimate program, and for smolt collections for other projects being done by DFO and Dalhousie University. This will be the 6 th  year for the smolt tracking program on the Northwest River, which has been done to determine movements and survival of smolts migrating from the Miramichi River to the ocean. The Striped bass egg and larval survey will also continue this year as soon as the bass start to spawn.
In this photo, MSA biologist Kelsey McGee tends the MSA smolt wheel.
DFO salmon counts for 2018
I f you are interested in checking out the DFO salmon counts for 2018 please click the link below:
DFO Announces Striped Bass
 Bag Limits for 2019
This year, the retention period for the recreational fishery started on April 15 and will end on October 31, 2019. The daily bag limit will remain the same as in 2018 at three fish per day and the possession limit will remain the same at a total of three fish at any given time. Striped bass retained in the recreational fishery must measure between 50 and 65 cm total length. During the spawning period, which takes place approximately from mid-May to mid-June, fishing will not be permitted in a 6.5 km portion of the Northwest Miramichi River for five days. This area is the only confirmed successful spawning ground for this striped bass population. DFO employees will monitor spawning activity to determine when the closure will take place. Specific dates will be communicated on the  Gulf Region’s website  to inform the public.
Ice Breaker Update
MSA Science Day Well Attended
MSA's First Cast date set for
June 29-30th
MSA Salmon Classic Set for July 7-10th
This year, the 14 th  Annual MSA Salmon Classic date has been set for July 7-10 th . This fantastic event features 3 days of salmon fishing at 5 different salmon pools, delicious lunches, guide services, your fishing license and an informal and fun welcome dinner/meet & greet. We encourage you to join us for this fun event! For first time participants the fee is $350 and for return participants it is $450. Please note: this fee does not include accommodations or dinners (with the exception of the welcome dinner/meet & greet). This is a great introduction to fishing the Miramichi Watershed and we encourage all participants to get to know our outfitters on this trip so they can fish the Miramichi again next season.
Membership Renewal
It's time to renew your MSA membership! All membership and fundraising revenues go toward our conservation and research projects. There is no better way to support your passion for fishing and nature than to help the MSA continue their vital work to protect and conserve wild Atlantic salmon. Sign up at the $100 Sustaining Member level or more and in appreciation, receive a hand tied salmon fly. You can renew online through the link below or through the letters we have sent out by mail. Thank you all for your support!
Upcoming MSA Events You Don't Want to Miss
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  Membership in the MSA is the perfect way to express your passion and support for the Miramichi River, for the Atlantic salmon who make it their home, and for the vital work being done by the MSA to protect and conserve both for today and tomorrow!
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