Just a few hundred years ago, Atlantic Salmon were abundant up and down the northeast coast. Now, Maine is home to the last remaining wild populations of Atlantic Salmon in the United States and they are a federally recognized endangered species. This decline has had huge impacts on everything connected to salmon—traditional ways of living, wildlife up and down the food chain, and the health of our watersheds.
Beginning in 2018, Maine Audubon has participated annually in the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s educational Fish Friends program to highlight the significance of wild Atlantic Salmon. Raising salmon provides a concrete and accessible entry point into many topics that are important to our work: habitat needs and interdependence, stream connectivity and river restoration, and the power of bringing Traditional Ecological Knowledge together with western science. Through Fish Friends, participating classrooms and organizations like Maine Audubon receive eggs from local hatcheries and raise them through the beginning of their life cycle. Then, with expert guidance, the young salmon are released in local waterways.
Although you won’t be able to visit our salmon in person this year, we plan to bring them to you via a series of short videos over the next few months. First up? Their unique life cycle!
More information: maineaudubon.org/fishfriends