Grants for Maine programs
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two Maine programs were recently awarded multi-year grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support the recovery of the endangered Atlantic salmon.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources and the Penobscot tribe’s Atlantic Salmon Management and Outreach Project received a cumulative $1.4 million in grants from the federal agency.
With the money, DMR will develop a captive rearing program that will allow adult Atlantic salmon reared in captivity to spawn naturally in the wild, according to an announcement from the office of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine). The project will help spark the recovery by allowing salmon to spawn in large numbers in high quality habitats, hopefully producing large numbers of offspring and increasing public awareness of the salmon in the wild. The project has received an award of nearly $800,000.
The Salmon Management and Outreach Project received $300,000 to continue efforts to increase the salmon population through work from the Penobscot Indian Nation’s Department of Natural Resources fisheries program. Proposed work includes participation in the Federal Regulatory Commission process for major dams, aquatic connectivity projects, fish management efforts and coordination of fish recovery plans.
The DMR also received $311,500 for the removal of a dam on Temple Stream, a tributary of the Sandy River in the Kennebec River watershed.
“Climate change, overfishing, and habitat impediments and degradation have critically threatened the future of Maine’s Atlantic salmon population,” Pingree said in a statement. “These fish are important to preserve Maine’s biodiversity and the health of our streams and rivers, and they’re incredibly important to the Penobscot tribe, who have fished salmon for tens of thousands of years.”
BREWER — The state Scallop Advisory Council is scheduled to resume in-person meeting next month.
The council has a meeting on August 5 in Brewer to talk about gathering input and recommendations for the development of the scallop regulations for the 2021-2022 season. The council will also hear updates on the Legislature, a review of last season’s landings and preliminary results of the spring state scallop survey in Zone 2.
The meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Jeff’s Catering.
FRANKLIN — The Maine Shellfish Learning Network has put out its annual survey to garner feedback on the Annual Shellfish Management review process.
Municipalities and regions with shellfish programs are required to submit annual reviews, organized by the state Department of Marine Resources.
Over the last few years, the Maine Shellfish Learning Network has found that there has been a need to improve the annual review process so the reviews are more useful and accessible to towns and the DMR.
The survey is being done to hear from people involved in shellfish co-management in the state that have experienced completing the annual review forms, including members of municipal shellfish committees, shellfish wardens, marine resource conservation officer and town clerks and managers.
The survey is expected to take 10 minutes or less to complete. Any information shared will be kept confidential. The survey is for informational purposes and is not being used for formal research. The survey is not being administered by the state and only summarized results will be shared with the DMR.
Responses to the survey will be accepted through Aug. 20.