New $60k Peter Gray Parr Project Matching Gift Challenge!

DSF friend and supporter, Charlie Harriman, has made a $60k Matching Gift Challenge for the Peter Gray Parr Project! This means that all donations to the Project will be matched 1:1 up until we meet that $60,000 challenge. We hope that … Continue reading

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

  • Pleasant River Fish Cookout and Community Gathering - Friday, June 15th at 5:30pm – 187 Main Street, Columbia Falls – Join the Downeast Salmon Federation to celebrate the start of summer and the annual return of river herring to the Pleasant River.  DSF will have our smoker and grill fired up and will provide smoked smelts and river herring.  Bring anything else you’d like to add to the grill.

    Stewardship Work Party - Saturday, July 14th at 10am – 2pm – Join us for a few hours of good old-fashioned stewardship work out on DSF’s Sprague Falls public access preserve. Make sure to pack a picnic lunch so you can join others for lunch break. Sprague Falls Preserve is located toward the end of Sprague Falls Road in Cherryfield.

    Visit our Events page for more details.

  • 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