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Downeast Salmon Federation accomplishments in 2017
Downeast Salmon Federation accomplishments in 2017
In 2017, Downeast Salmon Federation has:

• Hosted over 30 educational outreach events--from the Smelt Fry and Smolt Bolt to river paddles, fish talks, gentlemen's and ladies' nights at the hatchery, and more!

• Gathered more than 400 signatures for the petition advocating for fish passage at Graham and Leonard Lake dams on the Union River.

• Stocked 200k+ Atlantic salmon parr in the East Machias River via our Peter Gray Parr Project (Over 880,000 total since the start of the project).

• Continued to broaden our understanding of the health and distribution of river herring throughout Downeast Maine by monitoring 15 river herring runs with volunteers, video cameras, beach seines, and electronic counters.

• Grown our partnership with the Alewife Harvesters of Maine by hiring Sarah Madronal as a full-time employee to focus on river herring and other diadromous fish research and advocacy--including our first ever volunteer tomcod survey underway at high tide on frosty nights right now.

• Egg planted 80,000 Atlantic salmon into the Pleasant River with Maine Department of Marine Resources and stocked another 55,000 salmon as fry.

• Conserved over 400 additional acres of land for habitat protection and recreational access.

Posted on Sunday, December 24, 2017 (Archive on Sunday, January 14, 2018)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre

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