Native salmon reproducing again in Lake Ontario tributary

By on November 7, 2011

Atlantic salmon are once again reproducing naturally in New York’s Salmon River, a Lake Ontario tributary that hasn’t held a breeding population of the species in more than a century.

Atlantic salmon are native to Lake Ontario, but were nearly wiped out by overfishing and habitat destruction in the late 1800s. The Salmon River is a popular fishery for introduced Pacific salmon. Until recently, Atlantic salmon stocked there haven’t been able to reproduce because of a vitamin deficiency caused by eating invasive alewives.

Experts said one explanation for the turnaround is a decline in Lake Ontario’s alewives coupled with the rise of invasive round gobies, a thiamine-rich species.

Image credit: Panoramio

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