From spawning to seeding, Atlantic salmon restoration thrives on cooperation, technology
by Sarah Craighead Dedmon
It’s a cold February morning, and three scientists are in a pickup truck, bouncing their way over miles of frozen blueberry barrens. They stop next to a shuttered cabin and prepare for work, donning insulated waders and lifting backpacks. <<CONTINUE READING>>
ELLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) – More than 50 people in Ellsworth Wednesday night talked about ways to keep streams, rivers, and fish safe here in Maine. <Read More>
By Tom Keer
Feb 12, 2020
When I first heard that the Edwards Dam on Maine’s Kennebec River was coming down, I couldn’t believe my ears. The 917-foot-long dam, built in 1837 from an early mix of concrete and timber, existed in some form or fashion for 162 years until it was demolished in 1999. <Read More>
BY DEIRDRE FLEMINGSTAFF WRITER
Biologists are recruiting citizen scientist volunteers to locate and count spawning smelt.
The entire Maine coast once came alive with smelt runs as millions of silvery fish left the ocean each spring and raced up more than 300 rivers to spawn. The small, skinny, translucent fish were pursued by throngs of fishermen, both for recreational pleasure and commercial bait, the latter in such abundance it was sold and shipped to dealers in Boston. <Read More>
By Jon Keller
Five degrees above zero and the wind peels northwest. Sky and river both black dark. Headlights shine in the small parking lot. The wind howls, rocks the truck. Out there in the headlight shine lies a slick mud bank and a river of churning brown water.
Bobby Beal’s at the wheel. He’s a local clam digger and lobster fisherman and tuna fisherman; a hunter and trapper and taxidermist and registered Maine guide. If there’s an animal that needs to be tracked, caught, trained, tamed, saved, or killed, Bobby is the man to do it.
WABI’s Joy Hollowell was on hand as DSF removed the hydroelectric turbine: https://www.wabi.tv/video/?vid=566762652
Fox Bangor’s Kayla Hevey joined DSF and Unity College stocking Atlantic Salmon in the East Machias River on October 16, 2019
EAST MACHIAS – The Downeast Salmon Federation, with the help from Unity College freshmen, released around 15,000 Atlantic salmon into the East Machias River.
“Salmon are endangered species, which means there aren’t many coming back to Maine. In fact, I think last year there were less than 1,000 that came back to all Maine rivers so they’re critically endangered,” said Zach Sheller, hatchery manager of the Downeast Salmon Federation.
By Owen Kingsley
ELLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) – The removal of the Branch Lake Stream Dam in Ellsworth is underway.
The dam has been here for decades, interrupting the flow of Branch Lake Stream.
After a few years of fundraising, the Downeast Salmon Federation raised enough for the project.
“We’re taking the dam out and restoring this piece of river so that fish can get up from the Union River up the Branch Lake Stream. So that’s Atlantic Salmon, River Herring, Shad, Eels, all those things that now have better access,” said Brett Ciccotelli from Downeast Salmon Federation.
BY AMOS ENOSPECIAL TO THE PRESS HERALD
The Press Herald recently published an editorial by The Seattle Times on the Endangered Species Act (hereafter ESA) that demonstrated ignorance of how to achieve endangered species recovery in the 21st century, and the many subtleties of effective conservation in today’s world. I have worked on endangered species for 47 years…. read more