Conservation group acquires land needed for dam removal project

By AP • January 16, 2018 – Bangor Daily News SULLIVAN, Maine — A conservation group has acquired about seven acres in Hancock County as part of a dam removal project. The Downeast Salmon Federation says it has taken ownership of the parcel … Continue reading

All for the Cost of a Dollar a Parr

DSF’s Peter Gray Parr Project has just been featured in Sporting Classics Daily! By Tom Keer When spelled with one “r,” par refers to the number of strokes required by a first-rate golfer on a given hole. I played golf … Continue reading

Down East Salmon Restoration Efforts Celebrated

By John Holyoke, Bangor Daily News – The building that houses the Downeast Salmon Federation is wearing a disguise, Dwayne Shaw says with a grin, gesturing around the sparkling building that contains the Peter Gray Hatchery, a museum, a laboratory … Continue reading

  • Hops and Hoppers (Fly Tying 101) - January 29th – 6pm-7:30pm at Airline Brewing Co. on Main Street in Ellsworth – Led by skilled fly tyer and DSF board member Joe Horn. Learn the art of fly tying or, if you’re already a skilled fly tyer, come tie a fly or two and maybe give a newbie a few pointers in the process. We'll share fishing stories, drink some delicious brews from Airline Brewing Co., and tell you about the fisheries and river restoration work going on here in Downeast Maine! $5 suggested donation.

    Ice Fishing and Winter Fun on Chalk Pond - February 17th from 12:30pm to 3:30pm on Chalk Pond in Beddington. Embrace the season with the Downeast Salmon Federation for an afternoon out on the ice! 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 12:30pm to guide people to the pond. The pond is accessible off of Route 193 in Beddington just before the Route 9 intersection.

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  • 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