Talk:Atlantic salmon

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Former good article nominee Atlantic salmon was a Natural sciences good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
February 5, 2007 Good article nominee Not listed

Photo of Atlantic Salmon[edit]

I'd just like to say that the photo " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Salmo_salar-Atlantic_Salmon-Atlanterhavsparken_Norway.JPG " is actually not an Atlantic salmon but a sea trout. We can tell this because of the number of markings below the lateral line, the eye position in relation to the lower jaw, and lastly the signature square tail. This is yet another major inaccuracy in this article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 142.162.131.77 (talk) 14:36, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

Error in the subspecies[edit]

I'm a bit confused with the listing "Critically Endangered - subspecies: aralensis". Not familiar with the classification and a search of it shows up as Salmo trutta aralensis; a subspecies of the brown trout, not Atlantic salmon. Any clarification would be appreciated. (Albini3)

You are correct, of course. I've fixed that. Dave 02:46, 20 November 2005 (UTC)
Thanks Dave. I took a minute to note there's a decent article on Browns as well. Interesting fish, though I recall a lake where it was invasive with a few very big survivors keeping down local fishes. --Albini3 12:01, 20 November 2005 (UTC)

Good Article nomination[edit]

I've regrettably had to refuse the article Good Article status. I felt that, while there was a lot of good, referenced content, it was insufficiently broad, and in places the style fell short of the required level. If this is remedied then Good Article status should not be a problem. My principal concerns were:

  • The lead section is too short to give an adequate summary of the article.
  • The sections on taxonomy, behaviour and physiology are too brief. The physiology section only talks about colouration.
  • There is no real mention of the salmon's predators.
  • The section on legal status is patchy - some is irrelevant.
  • The use of salmon in cookery is almost entirely absent.
  • There is some irrelevancy. For instance, we do not need to know about Linnaues's ennoblement in this article.

Further comments which would aid the article but which are probably nto required for GA status:

  • A few more sources wouldn't go amiss
  • There are plenty of opportunities to use more photos: e.g. the colouration of salmon at different stages.

I hope these comments are received as helpful feedback, and that you can make the article a Good Article shortly. Regards, The Land 19:02, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

THe article has a strong North American bias especially in the sections on Hunam Impact and Controversy - the decline in Atlantic salmon in Europe is not mentioned nor the impact of fish-farming on salmon stocks in Scottish & Irish waters. The section on Law in England & Wales is out of date. An author with knowledge of Atlantic Salmon in European is needed Barney Bruchstein (talk) 18:50, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

Extinct or not?[edit]

I'm confused a little by this article. It seems to contradict itself. One section says that the Atlantic Salmon went extinct in the waters of New York due to the damming of the Oswego, but another mentions that the fish are now stocked there. There is also a large salmon run yearly in the Oswego now. If the species is still not naturally occuring, but does occur due to manmade means, it seems like it would make sense that the segment saying they are extinct in NY due to the damming should reflect the fact that the fish DO exist there, maybe just not naturally. Perhaps some research into whether the do occur naturally now is merited. --Jo7hs2 8:10, 25 October 2007 (CDT)

I'm not really clear on why you feel this is a contradiction. The animal was extirpated from Lake Ontario in the 19th century. Today, it's being stocked in Lake Ontario and the introduced fish are, at best, reproducing poorly. What part of this is confusing? There is no question that any Atlantic salmon in Lake Ontario today are entirely unrelated to the native strain of fish that "went extinct" over a century ago. Is there some way I can make this clearer for you? — Dave (Talk | contribs) 13:40, 26 October 2007 (UTC)
Well, I no longer feel that it is a contradiction. I do, however, feel that this statement...
"Until the early 1800s, Atlantic salmon were native to the waters of central New York. When dams were constructed on the Oswego River their spawning areas were cut off and they went extinct in the area."
...would be better located in the "Distribution and Habitat" section of the article. I know the reason that they are extinct in that area is that they have been cut off from their spawning areas, which relates to breeding, but the sentence itself speaks more to their range and habitat than to their breeding habits. Jo7hs2 20:25, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

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Aquaculture | Controversy[edit]

Was this section written by Greenpeace? There are no references.

Where have escaped Salmon established in the west coast?

What is with the absurd claim that Atlantic and Pacific Salmon can interbreed, being of different Genus? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 207.200.146.50 (talk) 03:49, 31 July 2009 (UTC)

The Aquaculture section is in serious need of some references. There are false claims being made (specifically with the lowered genetic diversity claim). — Preceding unsigned comment added by 131.104.63.71 (talk) 13:40, 8 July 2014 (UTC)