Guided Fishing Trip Winner Announced

The raffle has been drawn for the full day Guided Fishing Trip on the St. Croix River with Maine Guide Todd Cushing and the winner is Ed Walsh! Congratulations on this big raffle win at the 2018 Smelt Fry and … Continue reading

Position Opening with Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries

Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries Fisheries Education Specialist Position Announcement Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (, a 15-year old non-profit organization located in Stonington, Maine seeks a Fisheries Education Specialist to join our team. The Education Specialist is responsible for … Continue reading

Ellsworth dam relicensing proceeds apace

January 12, 2018 by Stephen Rappaport – Ellsworth American ELLSWORTH — The bitter cold of the new year was a reminder of the glacial pace of relicensing proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the Leonard Lake and Graham Lake dams on the … Continue reading

  • Open Smokehouse and River Herring Migration Celebration

    Wednesday, May 23rd from 3:30pm-6:30pm - 13 Willow Street, East Machias - Visit the East Machias River as thousands of river herring head upstream, providing cover to out-migrating salmon smolts. DSF will have our traditional smokehouses fired up and open for a tour.


    Fisheries Restoration in Maine: A Closer Look at River Herring

    Thursday, May 24th at 7 PM - 8 PM -Buck's Mills Rod & Gun Club - Buck Mill Rd, Bucksport, Maine 04416 - Learn why river herring are vitally important to the ecology of freshwater, estuarine, and marine environments along our coastline in Maine. River herring – alewives and blueback herring – tie our ocean, river, and lakes together, while providing essential nutrients and food needed to sustain healthy watersheds. Here in Maine harvesters and volunteers have contributed countless hours to the restoration of river herring. Many organizations and individuals are partnering to rebuild fish ladders, open stream passage, conduct population estimates and much more to help our river herring return. Hear about efforts to monitor and restore alewife runs in Maine’s rivers and streams and how healthy native fisheries tie our communities to the sea.

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  • Salmon are anadromous, which means they spend their juvenile lives in freshwater, migrate out into the ocean to grow to adults, and migrate back to freshwater to spawn. Upon re-entering freshwater, salmon stop eating and live off of their fat reserves they build up while feeding in the ocean