Photo credit: Gilbert Van Ryckevorsel
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The Maine Fisheries Program Complex (consisting of Craig Brook and Green Lake National Fish Hatcheries, and the Maine Fishery Resources Office) provides administrative oversight and technical support for a multi-faceted restoration and recovery program for Atlantic salmon and other anadromous fish and their habitats in Maine. The Complex administers strong science and adaptive management approaches for restoration and recovery, and initiates partnerships with other federal, state, tribal and private sector entities to leverage resource acccomplishments. The hatcheries within the Complex are its conservation tools for river-specific broodstock and outplanting programs, and its Fishery Resources Office provides technical expertise for on-the-ground habitat and fish passage projects that are closely coordinated with an array of watershed partners. The Complex also oversees a popular educational outreach program that provides hands-on interpretive demonstrations, tours, and a highly successful "Salmon in Schools Program" for the people of Maine, with a host of supporting partners. About 40,000 people visit the Complex and its satellite facilities every year.
The Species is Protected
Wild Atlantic salmon in eight of Maine's smaller rivers were listed as endangered under the protection of the Endangered Species Act in December 2000. In July 2009 Atlantic salmon populations of the Penobscot, Kennebec and Androscoggin rivers were added for protection, along with a designation of critical habitat for the entire geographic range of wild salmon in Maine.