Groups Ask Maine to Protect Atlantic Salmon

Ten Maine organizations, representing thousands of anglers and conservationists, as well as prominent former employees of the state, have written a letter asking the State of Maine to take action to protect critically endangered Atlantic salmon, by adding the species on the state’s list of Endangered Species.

Excerpts from letter:

We are writing to formally request an investigation into the appropriateness of designating Atlantic salmon as Endangered in accordance with the provisions of the Maine Endangered Species Act.

Whereas Atlantic salmon are classified as Endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act and the only viable Atlantic salmon population in the United States is in Maine, it follows that Atlantic salmon should also be listed as Endangered under the Maine Endangered Species Act.

Listing Atlantic salmon as Endangered would help protect this critical resource, align the State of Maine with federal efforts to protect the species, and help conserve one of Maine’s and the nation’s greatest and most emblematic fish.

In light of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the ongoing activities surrounding the International Year of the Salmon, we appreciate your consideration of this request.

Signatories of the letter include:

Native Fish Coalition, Maine Chapter, Emily Bastian, Chair

Native Fish Coalition, Bob Mallard, Executive Director

Downeast Salmon Federation, Dwayne Shaw, Executive Director

Atlantic Salmon Federation, John Burrows, Executive Director of U.S. Operations

Maine Council Atlantic Salmon Federation, David Huntress, President

Union Salmon Association, Morris Lambdin, President