If you go to the DFO link on the right side of the main page you can access the DFO web site showing salmon and grilse counts up till July 15th . It also shows you a comparison dating back to 1997 . The main SW branch that we are on is counted at the Millerton trapnet. As you will see the counts are way above the previous ten year average for both large ( MSW ) salmon and grilse . This is great news for both the atlantic salmon as a species and for anglers who enjoy the sport so much . So the next time you hear someone complain about releasing a salmon remind them that this is one of the main reasons we have salmon here today . Now if we could get the entire Miramichi watershed ( rivers, brooks, lakes , swamps and springs ) buffer zone extended back ten to fifteen miles , instead of thirty metres like it is now , we could get a real start on returning our river quality and salmon numbers to the way it was in the 1800’s.