Volunteers for Smelt Survey Needed

The Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) is looking for individuals with an interest in recreational smelt fishing to help in an effort to determine the health of the sea – run smelt population in Downeast Maine.  Due to smelt population declines and the recent emergency closure of the entire fishery in other parts of the state (from Stonington south), the Downeast Salmon Federation is eager to hear from anglers. The DSF wants to work with anglers to collect information on numbers of smelt caught and degree of spawning activity, in coastal streams across Washington and Hancock Counties, during the spring spawning season.  Given declines in other parts of the state, it is important to get this general information to help determine the health of the population.  Populations of smelt in this region seem healthy, but it is important to collect as much information as possible to keep these fisheries from being closed.   The Downeast Salmon Federation is a community – based non profit fisheries conservation organization focused on maintaining sea-run fish, improving and protecting habitat and securing public access to streams and rivers.   So, if you have a favorite smelt stream and are interested in participating or supporting us in other ways, please contact us at our hatchery facilities in East Machias (255-0676) or Columbia Falls (483-4336) or via e mail (info@mainesalmonrivers.com).  We will also have info available at our Annual Smelt Fry scheduled for April 18th, 5:00 in Columbia Falls