Category Archives: Education

DSF and coalition seek investigation for further protection of Atlantic salmon

By John Holyoke – BDN staff. After being rebuffed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Department of Marine Resources, a group of conservation groups and individuals is remaining steadfast in its effort to have … Continue reading

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Ellsworth Dam Update

Brookfield Renewable continues to avoid the problems faced by migrating eels and alewives on the Union River. Starting on September 24 DSF staff and volunteers began monitoring and observing fish kills below the Ellsworth Dam. This video from September 24, … Continue reading

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DEP denies permit critical to Ellsworth dam license renewal

DEP denies permit critical to Ellsworth dam license renewal  

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Improving Salmon Seeding Strategy on Downeast Rivers

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 … Continue reading

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Group dedicated to protecting fish and habitat meets in Ellsworth

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>

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Un-Dam It: Inside the Era of Freeing Eastern Rivers

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, … Continue reading

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New smelt study will help record once-rich Maine resource

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 … Continue reading

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Taking stock of a Downeast river | Island Institute

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 … Continue reading

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Hydroelectric station removed on Denny’s River in Meddybemps

WABI’s Joy Hollowell was on hand as DSF removed the hydroelectric turbine: https://www.wabi.tv/video/?vid=566762652

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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 … Continue reading

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