In a collaborative effort to support the enhancement of a healthy salmon population within the Nepisiguit and Pabineau Rivers, the Pabineau First Nation has been involved in the operation and management of a salmon counting and brood stock collection fence since 1981.
The counting and brood stock collection fence, which is the largest of its kind in the Province of New Brunswick, is designed to provide the crucial, ground level research to maintaining and enhancing our understanding of the rate of return of fish as well as the health of the Nepisiguit and Pabineau watershed habitat for wild Atlantic salmon.
Beyond this, the Pabineau First Nation provides the nearby Charlo Salmonid Enhancement Center with healthy male and female adult salmon, suitable for the annual propagation of broodstock, the offspring of which is released back into the river system every year. Our salmon enhancement efforts have helped to transform the Nepisiguit and Pabineau Rivers into two of the hardiest wild streams in North America. In the process, the Pabineau First Nation has earned the abiding respect and admiration of riverkeepers everywhere.
The Pabineau Salmon Enhancement Center employs an average of 10 band members every summer and fall, who are all committed to the propagation and protection of the Atlantic Salmon. The Pabineau Salmon Enhancement Center is situated on the Nepisiguit River, just below Prisk Island, behind the Pabineau Powwow Grounds.