For those that fish the Miramichi in New Brunswick, there is a project underway to control smallmouth bass in the watershed. For those that don’t know, smallmouth bass were illegally introduced into Miramichi Lake, at the headwaters of the system, about 12 years ago. the Canadian DFO attempted (unsuccessfully) to control them within the lake. In 2019, juvenile SMB were found downstream from the fish passage barrier established at the lake outlet. eDNA testing has shown that the SMB are so far confined to a small(ish) segment of the upper river.
The Miramichi Salmon Association, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and the North Shore Micmac Council have submitted applications to respective Canadian authorities to permit use of rotenone to control SMB in the upper river before they become widespread throughout the system. As such- the agencies are accepting public comments (including from those of us south of the border). If you fish the Miramichi (or any other atlantic salmon river for that matter), or ever hope to, please take a moment to submit a comment through the link below.