The ‘mind-boggling’ journeys of one Atlantic salmon

By John Holyoke, BDN Staff • July 30, 2019 6:00 pm Your morning commute to work might be hectic and harrowing, but before you start feeling sorry for yourself consider the journeys that Charlie — the name given to a soon-to-be-famous Atlantic salmon … Continue reading

Hatchery receives 42,000 salmon eggs

SHERIDAN, Maine — On Wednesday, March 6, Atlantic Salmon for Northern Maine volunteers and the president of the St. John Basin Salmon Recovery Inc. transported approximately 42,000 eyed salmon eggs to the Dug Brook Hatchery in Sheridan, near Ashland. The … Continue reading

Great Turnout for Public Meeting on Ellsworth Dam

  • Saturday, August 17th
    7pm - 10pm
    Knowlton Community Park
    State Street
    Ellsworth, Maine
    Join DSF and our partner organizations for the 2019 Wild and Scenic Film Festival coming to Ellsworth's Knowlton Community Park! You will be inspired and entertained by these these amazing, nationally recognized films.
    You will also have the opportunity to speak with representatives from DSF and other conservation organizations and learn more about the work that is being done to preserve and restore our natural resources Downeast and throughout the state.
    The show begins at sunset and will run for approximately 1hr45m, with seating on the auditorium lawn and will feature several films of varying length. We strongly encourage folks to bring a blanket or lawn chair for a more comfortable experience. This event is family friendly and open to the public.
    The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind. It will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to make a difference in your community and the world!




    This is a FREE community event!

    Penobscot Fly Fishers


    Join DSF Executive Director, Dwayne Shaw, and the Penobscot Fly Fishers (PFF) for dinner and a presentation on the state of sea-run fisheries and endangered salmon in Downeast Maine, at PFF's September meeting on September 4th, 2019.  Social hour begins at 5pm and dinner at 6pm with Dwayne's presentation to follow.  PFF meetings take place at the Penobscot County Conservation Association Club House located at 570 N. Main Street, Brewer.  For more information please contact

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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