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Salmon Species Returns To Salmon River For The First Time In A Century

An Atlantic salmon, photographed in a zoo in Norway. Photo by Hans-Petter Fjeld <a href=

Lake Ontario once held the largest concentration of freshwater Atlantic salmon in the world. Overfishing, deforestation, pollution and damming of tributaries all but killed off the fish by the late 1800’s. The fish survived in the rivers of New England for decades longer, but when a fish called the alewife was accidentally introduced to the region’s waters, the Atlantic salmon died off.