Atlantic Salmon
Northeast Region
Life cycle of Atlantic slamon. Credit Bob Michelson
Credit: Bob Michelson

Atlantic Salmon Recovery Framework

The endangered Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic salmon represents the last wild population of Atlantic salmon in the U.S. There is a strong public desire and a legal mandate to recover this species. Recovery will result in benefits to the ecosystem and to the general public. Even with current recovery and conservation efforts, the population of these Atlantic salmon remains extremely low.

Given limited resources and competing priorities, State and federal resource agencies are working together to identify and implement management actions with the greatest potential to further the recovery of Atlantic salmon.

The State of Maine (MDMR), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have a long history of working together for the conservation and recovery of Atlantic salmon. 

The Atlantic salmon recovery framework is comprised of:
  • clear biological objectives
  • strategies to achieve the biological objectives, and
  • actions that implement the strategies.
It operates using:
  • structured decision making to be more explicit and transparent, and
  • adaptive management to allow for continuous learning and adjustment, with a commitment to accountability and tracking of progress toward agreed biological objectives.

Download the March 2011 DRAFT Atlantic salmon Recovery Framework here. (PDF 824KB)


Last updated: December 21, 2011
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