Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)
The Atlantic salmon adult returns in spring to spawn in the freshwater stream where it hatched from an egg. In the fall, the female digs a nest in the stream gravel where she deposits the eggs. The male fertilizes the eggs. Then the female digs another nest or redd upstream from the first. The gravel from the second redd buries the first. Eggs buried in the fall hatch in spring. Young salmon grow for about two years in the stream. When they mature into smolts, they migrate to the sea where they feed and grow for another couple of years, before returning to spawn.
Greenland to Connecticut
Atlantic salmon species profile (pdf - 1.00MB)
Atlantic salmon recovery framework presentation (pptx - 589KB)
Atlantic salmon recovery framework - August 2010 Draft (pdf - 5.45MB)
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