The Downeast Salmon Federation has been identified as one of 11 organizations selected for the Maine Department of Agriculture’s “Agricultural Development Grant”. Pending a successful contract with the department, the grant award of $31,000 with $15,000 in matching funds from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation will be put to work by constructing a mobile smokehouse. The heritage process of smoking small, low order fish such as river herring and mackerel is a dying art. Smokehouses once dotted the rivers and smoke rolled out of them through the spring as huge numbers of alewives ascended the rivers for their freshwater spawning grounds. The smokehouses are becoming fewer and fewer, and the process (as well as the delicious end product) is fading away with them. This mobile smokehouse will complement the more traditional smokehouse located at the DSF’s East Machias Aquatic Research Center (EMARC). This mobile smokehouse will serve as a great outreach tool, will help to modernize this process, and will help to make these delicious smoked fish – a local, sustainable, healthy food source – available to more people. Keep up to date on the progress of the smokehouse through our website at www.mainesalmonrivers.org, or like the Downeast Salmon Federation on facebook or send us a tweet on twitter (@Downeast_Salmon).