Maine Group Tries ‘Planting’ Salmon Eggs

Kyle Winslow (left to right) of the Downeast Salmon Federation and Colby Bruchs and Ernie Atkinson of the state Department of Marine Resources plant salmon eggs into the Machias River. Photo/Downeast Salmon Federation
Kyle Winslow (left to right) of the Downeast Salmon Federation and Colby Bruchs and Ernie Atkinson of the state Department of Marine Resources plant salmon eggs into the Machias River. Photo/Downeast Salmon Federation

A Maine salmon conservation group is trying a new technique Down East for the first time, “planting” eggs in 3 rivers in the region in hopes they will hatch and grow into adult versions of Atlantic salmon, according to an article in the Bangor Daily News.

The Downeast Salmon Federation, based in Columbia Falls, has adopted a technique that has been used successfully by state fisheries biologists in the Kennebec drainage in western Maine for about 8 years. Success is measured by how many eggs hatch into fry.

Read more about plans to plant salmon eggs Down East.