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East Machias Salmon in New East Machias Hatchery

With the assistance of community volunteers and WA and UMM students DSF will rear the eggs until May when they will be stocked into the East Machias River as fry. This is the first time endangered East Machias salmon have been raised outside of Craig Brook the federal hatchery and marks the beginning of a long term project to rear the salmon in water from their river of origin. DSF intends to us the new facility work on rearing and stocking techniques to increase the survival rate of stocked salmon in the downeast rivers. With improved rearing and stocking techniques more young salmon will make it to sea where they can grow large and then return to the river to spawn and eventually rebuild a recreational fishery for Atlantic salmon.
To learn more about the project, arrange for a tour or volunteer to assist with hatchery operations please call 483-4336 or e-mail

6,000 Atlantic salmon eggs being disinfected before being brought into the the new East Machias Aquatic Research Center Hatchery.