Atlantic salmon

Latin Name:
Salmo salar                              

Common Name:
Atlantic salmon

Conservation Status:
Least concern  

Distribution:
Can be found throughout the north Atlantic and due to human introduction in some parts of the north pacific.  

Habitat:
Outside the breeding season adult Atlantic salmon are found in the open ocean at depths between two and ten metres. They return to freshwater to spawn in the streams in which they themselves were born.

Diet:
Juveniles start by eating small invertebrates including Caddisflies, blackflies, mayflies and stoneflies. Adults will feed on much larger food including Arctic squid, sand eels, amphipods and Arctic shrimp.

Size:
Males up to 150 cm
Females up to120 cm
Weight up to 39 kg.