As the days grow longer and sap begins to run, so do the fish. Salmon, shad, river herring, and smelt once filled our rivers each spring. Centuries of dam building and pollution have reduced these runs dramatically. Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) works to protect and restore these once abundant river fisheries in Eastern Maine. Part of this work requires monitoring the fish that still return each year.
Whether you’re an avid fisherperson, night owl, or really good counter you can help us with our seasonal monitoring of rainbow smelt and river herring.
DSF uses state of the art electronic and video counters for remote locations but we rely on trained citizen scientists to go out and count fish and collect data each year to cover the streams of Hancock and Washington counties.
This spring DSF will host indoor trainings for smelt monitoring volunteers:
March 14th at the Brooksville Townhouse in Brooksville. CANCELED
March 20th at the Brooksville Townhouse in Brooksville
March 22nd at the East Machias Fisheries Center in East Machias.
Both events run from 6:30-8:00 pm.
Similar trainings for river herring monitoring will be held in April.
These trainings are a great way to learn about these fisheries and help assure that their populations are well understood so we can protect them for generations to come. The citizens of Downeast Maine should always have the opportunity to dip net their dinner! All are welcome.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office in Columbia Falls 483-4336 to get involved.
Downeast Salmon Federation is generously supported though private and public grants, donations, and by its members. Smelt and river herring monitoring is specifically funded by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.