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Sonar Technology Counting Fish in Blackville


This summer, new sonar technology has been installed by CAST in the Main South West Miramichi River in Blackville.  Approximately 5,560 fish larger than 63cm have been counted by the ARIS technology since the equipment became operational on July 14, 2016.

CAST (Collaboration for Atlantic Salmon Tomorrow), is a partnership of scientists, environmental groups and industry. Their focus is saving wild Atlantic salmon before its too late. J.D. Irving, Limited is a CAST partner, funding the new sonar technology in the river. This project utilizes the latest sonar technology to increase accuracy in determining the number of out-migrating juvenile salmon (smolt) and returning adult salmon in comparison to the previously-used net, mark and recapture methods.

You can view the live cameras at the Blackville Foodland and the Village Family Restaurant Doaktown or online at

Brochures explaining the project in more detail will be available at Foodland when completed.

Miramichi River Valley

Miramichi River Valley

The Rural Community of Miramichi River Valley is governed by an elected council made up of a mayor and six councillors.


  1. Avatar Donald Barnes on September 7, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    What we need on St Mary`s river to monitor our salmon returns!

  2. Avatar Howie Gould on September 7, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    So that’s what that monitor /TV is for at the Foodland in Blackville – very cool!

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