Downeast Fisheries Partnership



Groundfish — cod, haddock and flounder — disappeared twenty years ago from eastern Maine’s marine waters, while Atlantic salmon and other freshwater species are in decline in the region’s rivers. Today the coastal economy relies almost entirely on lobster – gone is the diversity of the region’s recreational and commercial fisheries.

The Downeast Fisheries Partnership is an unprecedented effort to restore one of the world’s great ecosystems by reconnecting the rivers of eastern Maine to its coastal waters.

Our vision is that communities of eastern Maine will be able to sustain themselves fishing forever.


Building a future for fishing in eastern Maine will require the coordinated and concerted effort of many groups working together. The following organizations have joined forces with us to create the Downeast Fisheries Partnership, a collaboration to marshal the resources, skills and momentum that are necessary to restore one of the world’s great ecosystems.

Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries

Since 2003, the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (formerly known as Penobscot East) has worked to secure a future for the fishing communities of eastern Maine. They create programs that tap the deep knowledge of fishermen, provide innovative leadership on fisheries management, and advocate for community scale fisheries.


For over forty years, Manomet has worked to use science as a common currency to combine the interests of diverse stakeholders for creating a more sustainable world.

College of the Atlantic

College of the Atlantic enriches the liberal arts tradition through a distinctive educational philosophy, human ecology, which integrates knowledge from all academic disciplines and from personal experiences to investigate—and ultimately improve—the relationships between human beings and our social and natural communities.

Maine Farmland Trust

Maine Farmland Trust protects farmland, supports farmers, and advances the future of farming.

Sunrise County Economic Council

The Sunrise County Economic Council initiates and facilitates the creation of jobs and prosperity in Washington County, Maine, by working with a consortium of community-minded businesses, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and citizens.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Coast Heritage Trust conserves and stewards Maine’s coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, ecological value, outdoor recreational opportunities, and contribution to community well-being. MCHT provides statewide conservation leadership through its work with land trusts, coastal communities and other partners.