Building Downeast’s social, environmental, and economic health and resilience

As the world is growing and changing with ever increasing speed, the next generation of Downeast seafood harvesters, aquaculture practitioners, consumers, and decision makers need to be well prepared.  They will need to be equipped to assess and utilize emerging the science and technology to ensure that Downeast fisheries are valuable and sustainable in the face of changing economic, social, and environmental conditions.

Thriving in the face of challenges

Our work to restore Downeast rivers, fish populations, and sustainable fisheries is ultimately motivated by a desire to help our communities thrive in the face of challenges through a series of projects and programs designed around five goals created to build Downeast’s social, environmental, and economic health and resilience:

1. Reopen lake-to-sea fish migration corridors – to help revive the dynamic nature of our rivers, the dynamic exchange of nutrients and sediment, and the great seasonal migrations of sea-run fishes.

2. Restore and protect degraded habitats – natural woody debris in streams, salt marsh restoration, and preservation of river and streamside lands will increase the carrying capacity and production of fish in our waters.

3. Engage communities – to help stakeholder groups guide sound priorities, investments, and policies that will restore diversity, production, and resilience in our sea-run, intertidal, and coastal fisheries ecosystem.

4. Help fishermen and fishing communities – adapt to their changing environment.

5. Connect our youth – with their environment and with the environmental sciences in ways that will foster informed decision-making in the future.

DFP Partners Supporting Communities

Downeast Institute

DEI has been providing experiential, hands-on science and math education to K-12 grade students since 2011. We help students and their teachers understand the scientific process through immersive experiences in intertidal and rocky shoreline ecology. Our “Let’s Find Out” approach demonstrates repeatable methods that can be used in any investigative setting.

Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries

Eastern Maine Skippers Program is being implemented in eight high schools that serve fishing communities across 200 miles of Eastern Maine.  The program’s focus is on providing students with the core knowledge and skills needed to participate in co-managed fisheries, working with scientists and regulators to sustain the fisheries they depend upon as well as to run successful and adaptable businesses.

Downeast Salmon Federation

Downeast Salmon Federation collaborates with local schools and the greater community to offer in-depth educational programming about salmon and watersheds. DSF works with a variety of groups in the field and in the classroom (or the picnic table, if need be) to bring watershed conservation to life.

Contact DFP

Brittany Foster
DFP Coordinator

Larry Clifford
DFP Project Development Specialist