Here is a good article on the numbers of Atlantic salmon in Eastern Canada: http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestravelguide/2016/03/25/5-reasons-you-should-plan-a-trip-to-denver-right-now/?utm_source=Watershed%20Watch%20Email%20List&utm_campaign=d6db3f3edc-Salmon_News_Mar_23_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_405944b1b5-d6db3f3edc-166907249#21aee3362023.
Here are their numbers: "In the 1970s and 80s, there were roughly 1.8 million Atlantic salmon
returning to North American rivers to spawn. That number dropped to
418,000 in the 1990s, thanks mainly to commercial overharvest and
And: "Recent estimates suggest that somewhere around 600,000 salmon have returned to their native rivers to spawn. Much of that success—and the reason for perhaps even more hope for the future—is due to the Atlantic Salmon Federation."
These numbers do not agree with the federal numbers that I have, saying that there are 170,000 adults at sea in total. I will take a look at the two, however, with 73 million salmon in BC, it is safe to say that the east coast and west coast salmon species are in far different numbers, with BC towering over all Atlantic salmon in the entire Atlantic ocean, something that DFO does not get.