Fishing matters in eastern Maine. But it’s a livelihood that has changed dramatically in recent decades.
Groundfish—cod, haddock and flounder—disappeared twenty years ago from eastern Maine’s marine waters, while Atlantic salmon and other freshwater species are in decline in the region’s rivers. Today the coastal economy relies almost entirely on lobster – gone is the diversity of the region’s recreational and commercial fisheries. The Downeast Fisheries Partnership is an unprecedented effort to restore one of the world’s great ecosystems by reconnecting the rivers of eastern Maine to its coastal waters. Our vision is that communities of eastern Maine can sustain themselves fishing forever.
DFP Stewardship Committee
Downeast Salmon Federation
Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries
Professor of Biology and Ecology
College of the Atlantic
Maine Farmland Trust
Sunrise County Economic Council
Jacob van de Sande
Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Washington County Council of Governments