Press Release

Smolt Bolt and Bloater Bash to include hatchery dedication

EAST MACHIAS, Maine — The Downeast Salmon Federation’s second annual Smolt Bolt and Bloater Bash will include a dedication ceremony and unveiling of a hand-carved plaque in memoriam of Peter Gray.

Gray helped to get the Fall Parr Project at the East Machias Aquatic Research Center off of the ground with his 30+ years of experience bringing back salmon runs on the Tyne River in England. His daughter will be traveling from Scotland to accept the award on his behalf.

It being alewife season downeast, we are smoking alewives (bloaters) in our heritage smokehouse and inviting the public to celebrate one of our historic foods! All community members will be warmly welcomed for the race awards ceremony, hatchery dedication and smoked alewife bonanza. The Smolt Bolt race entrance fee is $20, but there is no cost for the rest of the event, and smoked alewives will be available for the taking.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 17. The race starts at 10 a.m. and the awards and dedication ceremony will be at noon. The East Machias Aquatic Research Center is located at 13 Willow St., East Machias. For more information, or to register, check out our Facebook page or e-mail Maria McMorrow (

ABOUT THE DOWNEAST SALMON FEDERATION: Founded in 1982 by local anglers, the Downeast Salmon Federation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to conserve wild Atlantic salmon and its habitat, restore a viable sports fishery and protect other important river, scenic, recreational and ecological resources in eastern Maine. The DSF has offices and conservation hatcheries in East Machias and Columbia Falls.