Efforts Underway to Help Maine’s Smelt Fishery

Some large smelts killed in a pond reclamation. Photo ME Fish and Wildlife.
Some large smelts killed in a pond reclamation. Photo ME Fish and Wildlife.

The Downeast Salmon Federation is seeking help from Maine anglers to document the health of the smelt fishery in Maine’s Hancock and Washington counties, according to an article in the Bangor Daily News.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced in March that spring smelt fishing on coastal tributaries between Stonington and the New Hampshire border would be closed for 90 days effective March 14. The action targeted recreational anglers. South of the Penobscot River, from Stonington to Kittery, only 38 percent of historic smelt spawning areas support spawning runs, based on data gathered from 2005-09.

Read more about efforts to save Maine’s smelt fishery.