River Herring Citizen Scientist Volunteer Trainings 2017

Join the team at the Downeast Salmon Federation as a citizen scientist volunteer!

As spring arrives, huge schools of river herring make their way towards our coast, set on swimming upstream to spawning grounds in Maine’s lakes and rivers. For thousands of years these fish have fed the birds, wildlife, and people of Downeast Maine. After decades of decline, their numbers are rebounding, responding to good management plans and habitat restoration.

To help understand and manage these species the Department of Marine Resources works with communities, local harvesters, and organizations like the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) to assess the size and health of local populations.

The coastline of Downeast Maine is vast and divided by many streams and rivers. To monitor river herring we need help. Trained volunteers—citizen scientists—are the best way to keep track of local fish runs. We need your help!

Join us—get trained as a citizen scientist and help bring back the river herring to our lakes and rivers. DSF is holding two trainings this spring:

April 18th, 630-8PM
At The Gatherings
1208 Surry Rd
Surry, ME 04684

April 26th 630-8PM
East Machias Fisheries Center
13 Willow Street
East Machias, ME 04630

Trainings are free—come with paper and pencil and expect to learn a lot about these important fish.

To sign-up or ask questions, contact brett@mainesalmonrivers.org, call our office at 207-483-4336, or check our website mainesalmonrivers.org.

The Downeast Salmon Federation is generously supported though private and public grants, donations, and by its members. River herring monitoring is specifically funded by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. To donate or become a member of DSF, visit www.mainesalmonrivers.org/donate.

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