Maine's Atlantic Salmon
August 15, 2006 - TRC
Atlantic salmon were once plentiful in Maine’s Rivers, providing a recreational and commercial fishery for many years. Ninety years ago, a tradition was born when the first salmon caught in the Bangor Salmon Pool on the Penobscot River was delivered to the President of the United States. When the population of salmon plummeted in the early nineteen nineties, the tradition ended. Today, Maine is the only state in the United States with a remnant wild population of Atlantic salmon. Like the Presidential Salmon of the 20th century, this is a mark of distinction we hold as a State. Atlantic salmon are a part of our heritage and mirror the history of our rivers. Sea run Atlantic salmon was once common in Maine’s coastal rivers, with adults migrating far inland in search of their natal waters. Once plentiful runs of salmon were blocked by dams, overexploited in the rivers and at sea, and pollution fouled the water.
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