Samuel Wilmot and the Lake Ontario Salmon

Samuel Wilmot initiated and led Canada’s fish-culture program between 1868 and 1895. He established a hatchery in Newcastle, Ontario, intending to save the Lake Ontario salmon. He was also responsible for bringing the common Carp to these waters. The hatchery is credited for the existence of several game species in provincial waters and for laying the groundwork for conservation measures. Ingenium, Canada’s Agriculture and Food Museum in Ottawa, are currently trying to transcribe Samuel Wilmot’s 945-page letter-book, a record of Wilmot’s correspondence as a Superintendent of Fish Culture. Dr. William Knight is a Curator of Agriculture, Food, & Fisheries with Ingenium and he joins us with more details.


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