Swimming with the tides
Adapting to thrive in the Bay of Fundy
(From the series Recovering Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon)
The arctic waters between Canada and Greenland are feeding grounds for most Atlantic salmon in North America. Salmon migrating to these food rich waters can spend 3 or more years feeding before returning to their home rivers to spawn.
However, in the Bay of Fundy things are very different.
The inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon have been shaped by the highest tides in the world. Each day, the flow of ocean water in the Bay of Fundy is more than every combined river in the world!
This daily change of water brings a wealth of food including small fish and crustaceans, the main food for marine Atlantic salmon.
This large amount of food allows the inner Bay of Fundy salmon to grow to adult size in only one year, while being able to stay close to their home streams.
Recovering the inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon
- Introduction: Bringing people closer to the bay and rivers
- From river to ocean: The incredible life cycle of the Atlantic Salmon
- Swimming with the tides: Adapting to thrive in the Bay of Fundy
- Damaged connections: Strained relationship between nature and people
- Empty rivers: The collapse of inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon
- Action in the face of extinction: Protecting an endangered icon
- Reasons for hope: Science and partnerships to return salmon to the wild
- Swim with salmon: Join our biologists on this day long adventure