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The Maine Chapter of Native Fish Coalition partnered with Downeast Salmon Federation, Atlantic Salmon Federation and Maine Department of Marine Resources to develop an informational sign pertaining to Maine’s federally endangered sea-run Atlantic salmon.

Cautionary Signage for Anglers

Publication Date: 2019

Modification Date: Fri 29 Mar 2019 05:30:18 PM

Contributors: Bob Mallard

“SEA-RUN ATLANTIC SALMON ARE A FEDERALLY ENDANGERED SPECIES. IT IS AGAINST STATE AND FEDERAL LAW TO ANGLE FOR THEM, HARVEST THEM OR REMOVE THEM FROM THE WATER, REGARDLESS OF THEIR SIZE OR WHERE THEY ARE ENCOUNTERED.” 


Caution sign for anglers

The sign (see above) was designed for the waters of Downeast, Maine, and the Penobscot River watershed.  A Kennebec-specific sign was considered but dropped due to existing signs sponsored by other organizations.  These signs are especially important now that Atlantic salmon have access to sections of rivers, especially the Penobscot watershed, and streams they have not had access to for decades due to dam removal.
 

 

At this point in Atlantic salmon restoration every fish counts, especially breeding age adults, and we need to do everything possible to protect them. 

 

Male salmon adult

Adult Atlantic Salmon


Atlantic salmon parr may be encountered in many streams as well due to ongoing restoration stocking efforts.  These are the fish we need to return to the ocean as smolts, and then find their way back to their natal streams as sexually mature adults. 

parr illustration

Atlantic Salmon Parr

We have purchased roughly 150 signs to cover Downeast Maine and the Penobscot watershed equally.  Native Fish Coalition raised the money to purchase these signs and is helping DSF, ASF, and DMR get the signs put up.  Signs have been posted on several rivers and streams in Downeast, and on the Penobscot and some its tributaries from Brewer to Howland.   

If you would like to help NFC, DSF, and ASF offset the money used to procure these signs, and help protect Maine's endangered Atlantic salmon, please click here to make a donation.  Every dollar helps and your support is greatly appreciated.

 

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If you would like to help NFC, DSF and ASF offset the money used to procure these signs, and help protect Maine's endangered Atlantic salmon, please click here to make a donation.  Every dollar helps and your support is greatly appreciated.

This project is dedicated to the late Clinton “Bill” Townsend of Canaan, Maine, Maine's foremost “fish conservationist.”  Few if any have done more for Maine's Atlantic salmon as Bill.  An avid angler, Bill was the rare breed of sportsman who continued to lobby for the protection of a fish he could no longer angle for.  Few stood taller and for longer than Bill in regard to the plight of Maine's Atlantic salmon. 


 anglers

Bill Townsend and NFC founding member, National Vice Chair and Maine board member Bob Mallard on the Kennebec River in Maine.

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