26 Facts About Atlantic salmon


Atlantic salmon is a species of ray-finned fish in the family Salmonidae.

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Atlantic salmon are found in the northern Atlantic Ocean and in rivers that flow into it.

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Atlantic salmon is considered a very healthy food and one of the fish with a more refined taste in many cultures.

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Atlantic salmon was given its scientific binomial name by Swedish zoologist and taxonomist Carl Linnaeus in 1758.

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Atlantic salmon that do not journey to sea are known as landlocked salmon .

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An Atlantic salmon netted in 1960 in Scotland, in the estuary of the river Hope, weighed 49.

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Natural breeding grounds of Atlantic salmon are rivers in Europe and the northeastern coast of North America.

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In Europe, Atlantic salmon are still found as far south as Spain, and as far north as Russia.

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Atlantic salmon are a cold-water fish species and are particularly sensitive to changes in water temperature.

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Two publications from 1988 and 1996 questioned the notion that Atlantic salmon were prehistorically plentiful in New England, when the climate was warmer as it is.

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Atlantic salmon populations were significantly reduced in the United States following European settlement.

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The inshore Atlantic salmon fishery became a major export of the New World, with major fishing operations establishing along the shores of major river systems.

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The range of an individual Atlantic salmon can thus be the river where they are born and the sea surface currents that are connected to that river in a circular path.

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Wild Atlantic salmon continued to disappear from many rivers during the twentieth century due to overfishing and habitat change.

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Adult Atlantic salmon are considered much more aggressive than other salmon, and are more likely to attack other fish than others.

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Freshwater phases of Atlantic salmon vary between two and eight years, according to river location.

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Typically, Atlantic salmon migrate from their home streams to an area on the continental plate off West Greenland.

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Downstream migration of Atlantic salmon smolts was similarly unaffected by beaver dams, even in periods of low flows.

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Atlantic salmon is a popular fish for human consumption and is commonly sold fresh, canned, or frozen.

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Recreational fishing of Atlantic salmon is authorized in much of the US and Canada where it occurs in large numbers, but this is subject to regulations in many states or provinces which are designed to maintain the continuity of the species.

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North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization is an international council made up of Canada, the European Union, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, and the United States, with its headquarters in Edinburgh.

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Fishing for Atlantic salmon was heavily regulated in order to conserve the resource.

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The export of Atlantic salmon was economically important in Aberdeen; beginning in the 15th century, the fish could be preserved through salting and barreling, allowing them to be exported abroad, including as far away as the Baltic.

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The volume of the early Scottish Atlantic salmon trade is impossible to determine, since surviving custom records date only from the 1420 onward, and since Aberdeen burgesses enjoyed an exemption on Atlantic salmon customs until the 1530s.

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Several populations of Atlantic salmon are in serious decline, and are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act .

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In Lake Ontario, the historic populations of Atlantic salmon became extinct, and cross-national efforts have been under way to reintroduce the species, with some areas already having restocked naturally reproducing populations.

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