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Branch Brook Fish Ladder Restored

Branch Brook fish ladder. Click to read Jacob Aman's about the project.
The Branch Brook fish ladder.

April 8, 2014

We recently helped fund the restoration of the Branch Brook fish ladder, in partnership with Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Construction was completed in February and the newly restored ladder is scheduled to be opened on May 10... just in time for this year's alewife run!


Jacob Aman's (Wells Reserve) blog post


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Study shows Maine's wildlife threatened by climate change

The cover of the report. Click to download the full report.

February 24, 2014

Atlantic salmon. Canada lynx. Moose. Atlantic puffins. What will happen to them as the climate continues to change? On our Northeast blog, GOMCP's very own biologist and GIS specialist Bob Houston shares his knowledge from a study released about the impacts of climate change on Maine's already vulnerable wildlife.

The study, Climate Change and Biodiversity in Maine, identified 168 vulnerable species that could experience large range shifts and population declines in Maine as a result of climate change by 2100.

The report was written by a team of scientists from Manomet; Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry; Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; The Nature Conservancy; Maine Coast Heritage Trust; Maine Audubon; and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bob Houston's blog post
News release

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$1 million will conserve coastal wetlands in Harpswell

The waters of Middle Bay and Casco Bay provide critically important habitat for many commercially, recreationally and/or ecologically valuable fish species, such as alewife (pictured), American shad and Atlantic salmon.
The waters of Middle Bay and Casco Bay provide critically important habitat for many commercially, recreationally and/or ecologically valuable fish species, such as alewife (pictured), American shad and Atlantic salmon.

January 16, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that a $1 million grant will conserve coastal wetlands across 86 acres on Middle Bay in Harpswell, Maine. An additional $424,980 will be provided by partner contributions. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in partnership with Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, will conserve three parcels through acquisition of fee title and conservation easements. A large portion of the wetlands provides significant habitat for waterfowl and wading birds, as well as feeding and roosting habitat for shorebirds. Five bald eagle nests and a great blue heron colony are within two miles of the project, which is also within the feeding area of endangered roseate terns. The project will benefit salt marsh sparrows, migrating peregrine falcons, and 38 state-endangered, threatened and special concern species.

National news release 
List of all grants (PDF 126 KB)

Media coverage
Midcoast conservation effort's funding totals $1.5 million (Portland Press Herald 1/27/2014)
Federal grant provides $1 million to conserve Middle Bay wetlands in Harpswell and Brunswick (Bangor Daily News 1/24/2014)

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New website: Atlantic Salmon and Sea-run Fish Restoration in Maine

The banner for the new website.
The new site is a companion site to the North Atlantic LCC website. It is funded by USFWS, NOAA and the North Atlantic LCC.

January 8, 2014

Partners working to restore Atlantic salmon and other sea-run fish in Maine unveiled their new website Atlantic Salmon and Sea-run Fish Restoration in Maine. The new website is a centralized location for sharing information, improving stakeholder and public knowledge, and connecting recovery efforts with stakeholders.

The Atlantic Salmon Recovery Framework identified the need to establish a website " provide public access to the framework, work plans, solicitations and any relevant documents." In its draft Outreach Strategy, the Framework's Outreach and Education Group identified a new website as the most important delivery mechanism for salmon recovery outreach.

We formed a web team, led by GOMCP, to work with a private contractor and the North Atlantic LCC to create a comprehensive web content management system tailored to the needs of all partners involved in Atlantic salmon and sea-run fish restoration in Maine

Visit the new site
Learn more about the Atlantic Salmon Recovery Framework

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Last updated: April 8, 2014

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