‘It’s a part of life here’: Down East smelt fry a celebration of spring, local foods

Article By Emily Burnham, BDN Staff If he peeked around the corner from where his fish-frying station was set up, Evan Emerson could see the place where he and others caught the fish in the first place. The smelts — … Continue reading

  • Saturday, June 3rd - Bring your kayak or canoe and come join us for a paddle on the East Machias River! We've been working on restoring Atlantic salmon and river habitat on the East Machias for years, and now we'd like to bring you along to explore the river with us. Our trip will be two hours and will cover an "easy" portion of the river--so both beginners and experienced paddlers should feel welcome to come along. All participants should come prepared with a life jacket, water, sunscreen, bug repellent, and appropriate clothing. We'll meet at the Hilltop Diner and take off for the river at 9:30am. Space on this river paddle is limited, so please reserve your spot with DSF Membership & Development Coordinator, Heather Andrews, ahead of time at heather@mainesalmonrivers.org or (207)747-2942.  See you on the river!

    Sunday, June 4th at 10:30am – Join us for this special talk at the Acadia Birding Festival in Bar Harbor. Keystone species such as river herring, sea-run smelt and tomcod are critical components of the diets of many birds and other wildlife at various times of year. Restoration of these fish and the rivers where they spawn present a tremendous opportunity to rebuild multiple ecosystems and avian communities. We will discuss various ways that birders can become involved in ecosystem restoration. For more information, visit the Acadia Birding Festival website at http://www.acadiabirdingfestival.com/index.htm.

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  • The scientific name for the Atlantic salmon is Salmo salar. Its origins are latin where Salmo means salmon and salar means “leaper”. Atlantic salmon are known for their ability to jump high of the water, sometimes as high as 10 feet, and must do this to navigate the sometimes steep falls of our rivers.