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

  • Greenhorns Seaweed Symposium

    Join DSF at the Greenhorns Seaweed Symposium, June 20-21. This two day event will include seminars, field trips to the shore, a boat trip in Cobscook Bay, farm grown lunches, and several great speakers, including DSF Executive Director, Dwayne Shaw. Contact for more information and to reserve your spot. Greenhorns offers several great classes and seminars. You can check out their upcoming calendar of events and classes here.

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  • 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.