Why Conservationists are feeling optimistic about Atlantic salmon

By John Holyoke, BDN Staff • January 28, 2019 8:00 am Tim Cox | BDN Redmond’s Brook in Harrington. Two pieces of fisheries-related news were welcomed with enthusiastic responses by Atlantic salmon conservationists in Maine last week. Dwayne Shaw, the executive director of … Continue reading

DSF Executive Director, Dwayne Shaw, appears on The Fisheries Podcast

DSF Executive Director, Dwayne Shaw, recently appeared on The Fisheries Podcast hosted by Nick Kramer. You can listen to the entire episode here: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-5s3fx-a39849

Why a report from Greenland signals ‘great news’ for wild salmon in Maine

By John Holyoke, BDN Staff • January 23, 2019 6:36 am Updated: January 23, 2019 9:42 am Conservationists on Wednesday heralded the announcement that Greenland’s commercial catch of wild Atlantic salmon had hit a 13-year low and suggested that harvest could mean better returns on … Continue reading

  • 2019 DSF Ice Fishing and Winter Fun on Chalk Pond

    February 16, 2019, from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Chalk Pond in Beddington (Snow Date February 17). Embrace the season with the Downeast Salmon Federation for an afternoon out on the ice!

    DSF has protected 2,400 feet of frontage around the southern end of Chalk Pond on the Narraguagus River.  This land that was donated by the Furbush family is part of a campaign to conserve 35 miles of river frontage on our Downeast rivers, ensuring public access for future generations and helping protect and restore habitat for Atlantic salmon and other sea-run fish including brook trout.

    Join us for ice fishing, bird watching, and other winter fun out on Chalk Pond. DSF will provide a warming fire, hot dogs, and smoked fish as well as some volunteers to help those new to ice fishing.

    The Airline Snack Bar–Route 9 just before the intersection with 193 in Beddington–will act as a meeting spot for those unfamiliar with the area. DSF volunteers will meet at the snack bar at 12:30 pm to guide people to the pond.

    The pond is accessible off of Route 193 in Beddington just before the Route 9 intersection.

    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!

  • Semianadromous or sea-run brook trout, commonly called "salters," may spend up to three months at sea feeding on crustaceans, fish, and marine worms in the spring, not straying more than a few miles from the river mouth. The fish return to freshwater tributaries to spawn in the late summer or autumn. While in salt water, salters gain a more silvery color, losing much of the distinctive markings seen in freshwater. However, within two weeks of returning to fresh water, they assume typical brook trout color and markings.