Atlantic salmon

The Atlantic Salmon Federation says it has to intensify its conservation efforts because of the poor returns reported in many North American rivers. (Courtesy Tom Moffatt/ASF)

It's been a particularly rough summer for the salmon population in Newfoundland and Labrador, and now the group that works to protect the fish says it needs extra help because of low salmon runs.

Every year, the Atlantic Salmon Federation holds fundraising dinners, to raise money to help support the restoration and protection of wild Atlantic salmon. 

The federation said this year is of particular importance, with poor Atlantic salmon returns reported in many North American rivers. 

The hot, scorching weather experienced on the island in July took a toll on salmon rivers. 

The federation said that kind of heat can be lethal to adult salmon. 

At one point, almost half of the 83 rivers were closed to anglers.

Most of the rivers are located in central Newfoundland, where hot temperatures, sunshine and little precipitation were the norm for the entire month of July.

The federation is holding fundraising dinners in three Canadian cities — St. John’s, Saint John and Ottawa.

In the U.S., events will be held in Chicago and New York City.