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The International Year of the Salmon is an initiative to stimulate outreach and research that aspires to establish the conditions necessary to ensure the resilience of salmon and people throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The initiative is spearheaded by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission and the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization.
The LCBP is proud to be working with a number of partners to celebrate the International Year of the Salmon in the Lake Champlain Basin in 2019 and beyond.
Salmon Restoration in the Lake Champlain Basin
In 2016 and 2017, naturally reproduced salmon fry were found in the Boquet River in New York and the Winooski River in Vermont for the first time in 150 years. These recent successes in the effort to restore landlocked Atlantic salmon in the Lake Champlain Basin are the result of collaboration of many partners. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state agencies, universities, and other members of the Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative have been working to restore land-locked Atlantic salmon in Lake Champlain since the early 1970s. Anglers, educators, activists, and policy makers also have worked to bring this native species back to Lake Champlain. In March 2019, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Fish Biologist Dr. William Ardren was awarded the prestigious Rachel Carson Award for Exemplary Scientific Accomplishment for his work coordinating restoration efforts in the Basin.
Celebrating IYS in the Lake Champlain Basin
The LCBP and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have developed a series of seven traveling exhibits that interpret for viewers the life cycle, threats, and history of landlocked Atlantic salmon in the Lake Champlain Basin. These exhibits will be available to interested organizations and venues for display on a rotating basis in Spring 2019.
One set of these exhibits will travel with the replica canal schooner Lois McClure on its 2019 voyage on Lake Champlain and up the Richelieu River.
Bringing Back Salmon
This three-part Bringing Back Salmon video series chronicles Atlantic salmon restoration efforts in the Lake Champlain Basin. Part 1 describes the community role in removing the Willsboro Dam on the Boquet River in New York. Part 2 focuses on the science of restoration. Part 3 presents the mutual benefits of salmon restoration and water quality improvement and the part citizens can play in protecting habitat. The series was a collaborative effort between the LCBP and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Agents of Discovery
Several salmon-themed Agents of Discovery missions will run in 2019 to celebrate International Year of the Salmon! Agents of Discovery is an educational mobile gaming platform that uses augmented reality to get youth active and learning. Missions are free to play and, once downloaded, do not require WiFi or a data connection.
Download the app on your smartphone to play the missions and learn more about Atlantic salmon and the conservation efforts to bring them back!
Missions can be found at the following locations:
- Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT, June 1- September 1, 2019
- Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton, VT, June 1- December 31, 2019
- SPECIAL Burlington Waterfront Mission (with LCMM and ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT, July 3-7 ONLY
- Lake Memphremagog, Northeast Kingdom, VT, Dates TBD
To learn more about Agents of Discovery and download the app, go to: https://agentsofdiscovery.com/about/
A Fishy History of Salmon in Lake Champlain
Feature speaker: Dr. William Ardren, Senior Fish Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region
Ticonderoga Historical Society, Ticonderoga, NY
June 21, 2019
Register for this free public program
Salmon in the Champlain Watershed
Professional Development Course
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT
June 14, 2019
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October 5, 2019, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Salmon Festival Poster
Come learn about the history and restoration of Atlantic salmon in Lake Champlain and the Winooski River! See live salmon and learn about the work being done in the region to protect salmon and their habitats!
The Festival will be held on the Richmond Volunteers Green with special talks and film screenings in the Community room of the Richmond Community Library. Be sure to stop by the Richmond Post Office to get a special limited edition USPS International Year of the Salmon Stamp Cancellation.
Lois mCClure International Year of the Salmon Tour
This summer, as part of the International Year of the Salmon, Lois McClure will share the history, ecology, and conservation story of Atlantic salmon in Lake Champlain. Visitors will experience stories of environmental change, human impacts, and the feats of ingenuity and cooperation underway to bring Salmo salar back to these waters after an absence of more than 150 years. Step aboard a 88’ full-scale replica boat at any of its port stops across Lake Champlain in July, 2019.
July 3-7: Perkins Pier, Burlington, Open to the public 10am-5pm
July 13-14: Westport, Open to the public 10am-5pm
July 13: Westport Marina Saturday Night BBQ
July 20-21: Plattsburgh, Open to the public 10am-5pm
July 27-28: Willsboro, Open to the public 10am-5pm
August: Open for guided tours at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
International Year of the Salmon in the Media
History in the making
by USFWS writer Bridget MacDonald
More on Salmon Restoration
A 2017 series of articles by USFWS writer Bridget MacDonald follows the salmon’s journey upstream to spawn and documents the efforts to restore the species in Lake Champlain. Read more
Anglers, who best know the waters of Lake Champlain and its tributaries, provide important data that help scientists who are working to restore salmon. Read more
The LCBP Diving In video series includes this look at the Salmon in the Classroom program in Westport and Willsboro, NY. With support from New York State DEC and Trout Unlimited, students raised salmon from eggs and released them into local streams.