Ellsworth Approves Removal of Branch Lake Stream Dam

ELLSWORTH – Ellsworth City Councilors approved a Memorandum of Agreement between the city and the Downeast Salmon Federation. City manager, David Cole, said it benefits the city and environment. https://www.foxbangor.com/news/item/47384-ellsworth-city-council-approves-agreement-with-the-downeast-salmon-federation

‘Love Flows’ Documentary World Premiere

“The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. Since 1993, [their] mission has been to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film.” … Continue reading

John Waldman to speak at annual Roque Island Lecture on Environmental Conservation

Machias, Maine — Aquatic conservation biologist John Waldman will present the sixth annual Roque Island Lecture on Environmental Conservation on Thursday, March 28 at the University of Maine at Machias. The lecture, “Atlantic Rivers: Migratory Fish, Dams, Energy Production and … Continue reading


  • Annual Smelt Fry & International Year of the Salmon Celebration!

    April 13th in Columbia Falls. Mark your calendars and come join us for a day of fisheries fun!  Over the years, these festivities have grown from a small community potluck centered on the commercial smelt harvest to a well-known regional event serving 500+ guests. This year the event will be held on Saturday, April 13th from 11 am until 4 pm. Throughout downtown Columbia Falls, there will be activities and displays that feature the inspiring fisheries and conservation work of DSF and their partners. All of the DSF venues are within a ¼ mile radius of downtown Columbia Falls and transportation between sites is available.

    This is truly a family-friendly event!

    The Annual Smelt Fry is a wonderful way to welcome spring. Come learn what projects are happening within the fisheries and about DSF’s regional involvement.  Local foods will be featured with smelts, alewives, and mackerel being smoked at the DSF smoker, venison stew, a seasonal fried smelt dinner and dessert made with local blueberries is served at the Wreaths Across America gym.

    Visit our Events page to see what else is upcoming!

  • 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