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Washington D.C., (March 14, 2017) — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the New England Forests and Rivers Fund. The Fund, which was launched in 2015 with seed funding from Eversource as part of its Partners for New Hampshire’s Fish and Wildlife program, is dedicated to restoring and sustaining healthy forests and rivers throughout New England.
Atlantic salmon tops the list of species most vulnerable to climate change in Northeast
2016 International Council for the Exploration of the Seas’ Working Group on North Atlantic Salmon Annual Report
NMFS publishes new Atlantic salmon diet study in Marine Ecology Progress
New research reveals that dam passage can leave smolts with long-lasting injuries that make them vulnerable to predators far downstream.
A recent paper in Science highlights the recent advancements in hi-tech tracking tags and coast wide collaboration used by partners in the Ocean Tracking Network. NOAA Fisheries scientist John Kocik is a co-author on the paper describing the collaboration of the network for tracking Atlantic salmon smolt and other species movements.
Press release from NOAA Fisheries summarizing the 2015 annual meeting of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization meeting in Goose Bay, Canada.
NOAA Fisheries Scientists publish paper modeling the response of Atlantic salmon to dam removals on the Penobscot River, Maine, USA.
St Andrews, N.B.— Top researchers with the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) are trying to figure out why wild Atlantic salmon numbers are dropping dramatically once they leave their home rivers and head into saltwater. Jonathan Carr, ASF’s Director of Research and Environment, recently presented his latest scientific findings at the Atlantic Salmon Ecosystems Forum in Orono, Maine. Scientists from across North America gathered to exchange information regarding the latest research on wild Atlantic salmon and their habitat.
The Downeast Salmon Federation has just released over 140,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon, called fall parr, throughout the East Machias River watershed. These juvenile salmon were released into many streams and throughout the mainstem of the river in an effort to restore the once great run of Atlantic salmon to the East Machias River. These fish were raised at the Peter Gray Hatchery located in East Machias at the East Machias Aquatic Research Center (EMARC).
After only three weeks, the Downeast Salmon Federation, with so much help from the local community, has completed marking all 150,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon for their on-going research project at the East Machias Aquatic Research Center’s Peter Gray Hatchery.
The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) wishes wild Atlantic salmon and those that treasure the “King of Fish” a safe and sustainable New Year. ASF has seen some success in 2013 as a charitable organization devoted to conserving wild Atlantic salmon and their environment.
The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is working in Canada to convince government to implement better controls of the salmon farming industry to protect wild Atlantic salmon and their environment. “We have found,” said Sue Scott, ASF’s VP of Communications,” that the management of salmon farming in Maine holds the industry there to higher standards than is the case in Canada.” -
The Downeast Lakes Land Trust in partnership with the Grand Lake Stream Fish Hatchery, was pleased to host a tour of the hatchery and a salmon milking demonstration. Community members and students from Indian Township donned hip boots and waded into the hatchery’s frigid waters to sort immature females, and assess gravid females for their readiness to lay eggs.
The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is pleased to announce that Laura Rose Day of Hallowell, ME has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Lee Wulff Atlantic Salmon Conservation Award. The award was presented by Christopher H. Buckley Jr., Chairman of ASF’s U.S Board of Directors, at a meeting in New York City.
The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is pleased to receive $174,000 for the conservation organization’s Maine Headwaters Project from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Center. The funds are being used to build two fishways on tributary streams as well as replacing two impassable road crossing culverts with fish-friendly bridges. Together, these projects are providing access to 5,400 lake acres and 69 river miles for Atlantic salmon and river herring such as alewives and blueback herring.
Poorly designed culverts are blocking the natural movement of brook trout and other aquatic wildlife on thousands of streams across Maine. Restoring free access to habitat is essential to protecting populations of wild brook trout. Maine has more than 80% of the remaining U.S. native stocks of brook trout, so local efforts are significant nationally. A project just completed by Downeast Lakes Land Trust and partners, with support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has potential to be a model for cost-effective restoration of aquatic habitat.
Scientists and representatives of the aquaculture industry from fourteen countries gathered in Shepherdstown to explore the latest advances in the technology and economics of developing methods to raise Atlantic salmon and other species in ways that remove them from the marine environment.
When it comes to the recovery of wild Atlantic salmon stocks, the question on the minds of conservation managers and the public alike is “what works?” In order to synthesize current knowledge on salmon recovery, the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is hosting an international workshop that brings together stakeholder groups, scientists, and managers to assess Atlantic salmon recovery programs across Eastern North America. International speakers and participants have been attracted to the conference, which will be held in Chamcook, N.B. on September 18-19, 2013.
Conservation groups concerned with the preservation and restoration of wild Atlantic salmon in both Canada and the United States can breathe a little easier this week, following President Obama’s announcement on Tuesday that he will unveil a new Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions. The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) says that the newly unveiled strategy comes at a critical time, since many populations of Atlantic salmon have declined to historically low levels across their North American range.
On June 5 a celebration at the Grand Falls Fishway was held, near the banks of the St. Croix River. The event was in honor of the reopening of all the St. Croix to the native alewives. Beginning in 1995, the Maine Legislature had closed the Grand Falls and other fishways to the alewives on the concern they might be adversely impacting the smallmouth bass, an introduced alien species.
Today, Tribal and federal Trustees joined with state and nongovernmental partners and Canadian officials to celebrate the reopening of the Grand Falls Dam fish ladder, which has been closed for more than two decades, limiting river herring to just 2 percent of their historic spawning grounds on the St. Croix River.
The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) announced it has now restored access to 15,000 acres of ponds and lakes and 300 miles of river for Maine’s native sea-run fish. These achievements are part of ASF’s Maine Headwaters Project that is focused on restoring critical spawning habitat to sea-run fish in tributaries identified as high priorities in State of Maine fisheries restoration plans. While the target species are Atlantic salmon and alewives, these restoration projects provide a broad range of benefits for all fish and wildlife along the river corridor.
After nearly twenty years of exile from their native waters, alewives will once again migrate up the St. Croix River watershed. The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is pleased that Bill LD 72 became law today, requiring state officials to remove barriers to fish passage at Grand Falls Dam. The law comes into effect just in time as the alewives begin their up-river migration to their spawning grounds, and scientists are optimistic that a healthy run will be re-established.