Kelt Tagging on the Restigouche River

Kelt tagging started on the Restigouche River earlier this week, as staff from the Gespe’gewaq Mi’gmaq Resource Council (GMRC) begin outfitting Atlantic salmon with either acoustic monitors or satellite tags. The tagging process will help us understand the migration patterns of this species as they move from the rivers into the Atlantic Ocean. The acoustic receivers have a specific identification number, and as the kelt migrates, acoustic receivers deployed from the Restigouche River, throughout the Bay of Chaleur, Newfoundland and Labrador will record their incredible journey. This tagging research will also tell us about their survival rates. Kelts, are an important part of the Atlantic salmon life cycle because they have successfully returned from the ocean to spawn in the river and pass along their strong genes.