Maine Studies Atlantic Salmon Smolt Population

Maine Studies Atlantic Salmon Smolt Population
Atlantic stocking salmon, photo/NEB, Tom Richardson.

FIS.com: The Maine Department of Marine Resources Division of Sea-run Fisheries and Habitat staff recently concluded annual assessments of Atlantic salmon smolt populations in the Narraguagus River, the East Machias River, the Piscataquis River, and the Sheepscot River. The work will help the department and its partners at the state and federal level understand the status of Atlantic salmon and the quality of habitat in Maine waters.

The 4 rivers are chosen because their geographic range provides an indicator of Atlantic salmon and habitat health along the coast. A smolt is the life stage of Atlantic salmon that transitions from freshwater river and stream habitats to saltwater coastal and open ocean areas.

Read more about Maine’s study of the Atlantic salmon smolt population.