Conservation Groups Take Ellsworth Dam Fight to DEP

May 8, 2019 by Stephen Rappaport ELLSWORTH — Two conservation organizations have opened another front in their relicensing battle with the owners of the Ellsworth hydropower dam. Continue Reading here

Bill Green’s Maine Comes to DSF Smelt Fry

Bill Green visited DSF’s Annual Smelt Fry this year. Check out the piece that aired on this week’s Bill Green’s Maine here.

New plan for Ellsworth dams ‘doesn’t cut it’ for sportsmen groups

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff • April 25, 2019 1:00 am Courtesy of Downeast Salmon Federation A high view of the Union River and its confluence with Branch Lake Stream on April 17. A plan to relicense two hydroelectric dams in Ellsworth … Continue reading

  • A Gathering of Traditional Small Boats

    Join us on Wednesday, July 3 at The Wilson Museum in Castine, Maine for A Gathering of Traditional Small Boats. The DSF Smoker will be on hand with fresh, locally harvested, smoked Alewives, mackerel, and smelts! This day-long event begins at 11:00am with Penobscot Marine Museum Curator, Ben Fuller, giving a talk entitled On Matinicus It's a Double-Ender about small peapods. For more information visit:

    Wild River Fisheries of Taunton and Frenchman's Bay

    Join Friends of Taunton Bay,Frenchman Bay Conservancy, and DSF Fisheries Biologist, Brett Ciccotelli, for a talk about the native fish runs in the Frenchman Bay watershed and throughout Downeast Maine on Friday, July 26 at 7pm at Gordon Wharf, Sullivan.

    This event is part of the Friday Lecture Series sponsored by Friends of Taunton Bay and Frenchman Bay Conservancy. You can see the entire event schedule at

    Check our our Events Page for more upcoming events!

  • Atlantic Salmon are iteroparous, which means they can spawn more than once. Some adults will migrate back to the ocean after spawning (these fish are called kelt, or black salmon) to regain their strength and fat stores before returning for a second or even third time to spawn. Fish species that spawn only once and then die are referred to as semelparous.