NOAA Series Examines Atlantic Salmon

NOAA Series Examines Atlantic Salmon
Atlantic Salmon, courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has begun a five-part series of feature stories on its website examining the Atlantic salmon.

This fish once supported vibrant commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries throughout New England. Today, Atlantic salmon are so rare that they are considered endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The last remnant population in the U.S. includes several rivers in Maine, most notably the Penobscot River. Historically, the Penobscot River held Maine’s largest population of Atlantic salmon. Annual salmon runs were estimated at upwards of 100,000 adults prior to the construction of the larger scale dams on the river in the 1830s. Today, the number of fish making the annual run is only a fraction of its historic levels.

Read about the challenges and successes facing Atlantic salmon.