The MSA has evolved since 1953 from primarily a conservation advocate group to a nonprofit conservation group whose work focuses on research and field programs. Through partnerships with government organizations and other non-profit groups, the MSA has been
crucial in increasing the amount that is known about Atlantic salmon on this river and assessing the current status of many life stages on this fish on the Miramichi, and providing funding to other important programs that would otherwise not be able to take place.
Annual Conservation Report
The reports listed outline the Miramichi Salmon Association's most recent annual conservation and research programs for rivers and streams in the Miramichi Watershed. Read more→
Spawning Obstruction Removal
Each fall the Miramichi Salmon Association increases the spawning habitat available to adult salmon by removing beaver dams on tributary streams. Read more→
Broodstock Collection / Spawning
Each year the Miramichi Salmon Association gathers wild adult salmon for spawning at the Miramichi Salmon Conservation Centre. Read more→
Each year the MSA takes the lead on cold water refuge habitat enhancement projects. Read more→
The Miramichi Salmon Association (MSA) conducts an electro-fishing program each year to assess the distribution of juvenile Atlantic salmon in the headwater areas of the Miramichi River watershed. Read more→
Starting in 2008 the Miramichi Salmon Association, in collaboration with the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), developed a study to track kelts from the Miramichi River. Read more→
Smolt Population Estimate
The MSA has conducted smolt population estimates on the Miramichi River for many years using a mark-recapture system, smolt wheels and trap nets. Read More→
Starting in 2001, the ASF began tagging smolts on the Southwest Miramichi River, with Vemco acoustic transmitters, and tracking their movements out of the river, estuary, and into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Read more →
First-feeding salmon fry are stocked into the river during late spring/early summer. Read more→
The Miramichi Salmon Association has professional staff employed to conduct many of the programs to protect and enhance salmon stocks on the Miramichi.
The greatest asset to the organization, however, is the many volunteers that give their time and efforts to raise money, debate issues, and help with programs. We invite MSA members to become actively involved in the organization by participating in an activity that fits their abilities and schedule.
The MSA is a non-profit group that relies heavily on fundraising to run its field programs. There are lots of programs to become involved in where you will have the opportunity to meet people with the common goal of Atlantic salmon conservation.
The MSA is always looking for willing individuals or groups to volunteer and help us with our programs, if you are interested in participating in any of our programs please contact Mark at the MSA office at (506) 622-4000 or ">
Science and field programs typically run from May to November and we guarantee you will see lots of fish!
Click here to view the most recent annual conservation reports or click any of the photos below to learn more about the programs.