Salmon Spawning in Lake Champlain Tributaries
September 6, 2017
According to the Portland Press Herald, landlocked Atlantic salmon are spawning in some Lake Champlain tributaries in Vermont and New York for the first time in roughly 150 years. In autumn of 2014, biologists discovered salmon redds (spawning beds) in the Huntington River near Richmond. Then, in spring 2016, biologists found young salmon that had hatched from eggs laid the previous fall, pointing to successful spawning in the rivers.
Biologists credit the success to a better understanding of salmon, reduction in the numbers of parasitic sea lamprey in Lake Champlain, improved water conditions in the tributaries and assistance in helping the salmon negotiate dams.