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Subject: Re: Atlantic Salmon Information
From: Henri Persat <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Academic forum on fisheries ecology and related topics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 3 May 1997 11:07:31 +0000

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>>Having a Pacific Northwest Fisheries background, I do not know much about
>>Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar).
>>Can someone please tell if Atlantic Salmon are trout or salmon.
>>I maintain a stream habitat education world wide web page and I would
>>like to add the Atlantic Salmon to my fish list.  Should I include the
>>Atlantic Salmon in my anadromous salmon page or my trout page?
>>My educational web site is at:
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>Gary Christofferson ([log in to unmask])
>>Data Technician, StreamNet Project
>>Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
>>45 SE 82nd Drive, Suite 100
>>Gladstone, OR 97027-2522
>Here's what I tell my students:
>Some salmon are trout and some trout are charr,
>But some trout are salmon, adult or parr,
>Whitefish are whitefish and ciscoes the same
>And grayling are grayling, they have the right name.
>It's very confusing, it's really a mess,
>You can't tell by looking, you really must guess;
>So next time you're tempted to call salmon trout,
>Use name scientific, it's the only way out.
>George LaBar, Head
>Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources
>University of Idaho
>Moscow, ID 83844

Hi all,

Keep your feet back on the ground. Salmon is a very old name given by our
European ancestors for that migratory fish called quite recently (L.1758)
by scientists Salmo salar, and still more recently by American people
(after the discovering of others migratory salmonids on the Pacific West
coast) atlantic salmon by contrast with those supposed Pacific salmon.
Whether Salmon belongs to the same genus as the Trout (Salmo trutta),
became brown trout because of American people, does not matter. If some
fish are neither Salmon nor Trout, these are all these species belonging to
other genera than Salmo (i.e Oncorhynchus, Salvelinus and so on).
Obviously, Atlantic salmon is not only a salmon, this is the Salmon.


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