Fox Bangor’s Kayla Hevey joined DSF and Unity College stocking Atlantic Salmon in the East Machias River on October 16, 2019

EAST MACHIAS – The Downeast Salmon Federation, with the help from Unity College freshmen, released around 15,000 Atlantic salmon into the East Machias River. “Salmon are endangered species, which means there aren’t many coming back to Maine. In fact, I think … Continue reading

Branch Lake Stream Dam being removed in Ellsworth

By Owen Kingsley  ELLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) – The removal of the Branch Lake Stream Dam in Ellsworth is underway. The dam has been here for decades, interrupting the flow of Branch Lake Stream. After a few years of fundraising, the Downeast Salmon … Continue reading

Maine Voices: Saving threatened wildlife should involve private landowners

BY AMOS ENOSPECIAL TO THE PRESS HERALD The Press Herald recently published an editorial by The Seattle Times on the Endangered Species Act (hereafter ESA) that demonstrated ignorance of how to achieve endangered species recovery in the 21st century, and the many subtleties … Continue reading




    DSF's 2020 Annual Smelt Fry will be held on April 11, 2020 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

    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 mackerel being smoked at the DSF smoker, venison stew served at the Heritage Fish Camp, and a seasonal fried smelt dinner and dessert made with local blueberries.


    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.