The (in)Significance of Atlantic Salmon

Fall/Winter 1996

historical review and archeologic investigation into the abundance of Atlantic Salmon in pre-colonial/prehistoric New England. Prehistoric archeological record indicates virtual absence of atlantic salmon in the region. In order to investigate a climatically induced hypothesis for salmon appearance and disappearance, environmental an dclimatic factors affecting range shifts and the mechanisms of migration in salmon were studied. Atlnatic salmon are likely to be verey recent colonizers to North America, particlarly to New England. Today's fish an dwildlife managers appear to have largely ignored the paleoenvironmental databases that present long-term records of climatic change in concert with animal and plant species range changes, and even total extinctions


Carlson, C.G.

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