This spring, the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) has released nearly 115,000 Atlantic salmon fry from their Pleasant River Hatchery throughout the lower Pleasant River Watershed, and 15,000 salmon fry from the East Machias Aquatic Research Center in two streams in the East Machias River. This restoration stocking from their Pleasant River Hatchery was in addition to the nearly 60,000 eggs that were planted into the gravel of the Pleasant River this past winter. The Downeast Salmon Federation has been raising fry at their Pleasant River Hatchery since 1992, and has been raising fry as well as an older life stage of salmon called parr as part of their “Parr Project” at the East Machias Aquatic Research Center since 2011.
This year, several schools from Gouldsboro to Eastport got involved in fry stocking with Downeast Salmon Federation by participating in a Salmon in Schools program – a program in which students have the opportunity to raise some of these endangered species in their classroom. This program was initiated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is complimented by educational presentations and activities presented to each area participating school by DSF staff.
The DSF will be raising and additional 160,000 salmon to the parr life stage, about 8 month old fish, as part of the ongoing “Parr Project” at their East Machias Aquatic Research Center in East Machias. If you would like to get involved or would like more information about the Downeast Salmon Federation and their programs, Please contact them at 483-4336, visit them at either of their two locations – in East Machias at the East Machias Aquatic Research Center or in Columbia Falls at the Wild Salmon Resource Center, check out their facebook page, or visit their website at www.mainesalmonrivers.org
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