Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) COSEWIC assessment and status report: chapter 13

Special Significancexxi

Atlantic Salmon are contributors to both freshwater and marine ecology, moving nutrients between ecosystems as migrants and linking energy flow as prey and as predators within ecosystems. They are the principle host species for the Eastern Pearl Mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) and possibly the Dwarf Wedgemussel (Alasmidonta heterodon) (Hanson and Locke 2001, National Recovery Team 2002). They are traditionally used by (i) over 49 First Nations and Aboriginal organizations, (ii) commercial fisheries, and (iii) recreational fisheries (DFO and MRNF 2009). They are also the subjects of local art, science and education and symbols of heritage and health to peoples of Canada.


xxi Elements of this section have been copied, abstracted and/or synthesized from COSEWIC (2006b).

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