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New Approach To Atlantic Salmon Restoration

Hi all,

Not sure how many here are aware of a new restoration effort that is taking place in Maine. Paul Christman, a fisheries biologist with the Maine Department of Marine Resources is pioneering this new approach.
He has invented a machine that creates the equivalent of a spawning redd, and he then inserts eggs directly into streambed gravel. This effort is bearing very good results.
A number of Atlantic salmon restoration organizations, including the one that I am affiliated with are switching over to this method. Could this be a possible answer to the plight of wild steelhead in the PNW? I'd be very interested to hear your thoughts on this. Thanks,

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Wow!!

That vid has a 'cool factor' of 9 out of 10. This may not work for 'rivers,' but for the small streams that flow into same this could be 'the answer?'

Totally new concept to me and makes a heck of a lot of good 'science.' Fry hatch/grow in a natural environment rather than some concrete pish pond.

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The only negative I can see is the quality of eggs used. In our work we use F-1 eggs, first generation from wild sea-runs. Can't do much better than that. Our brood-stock gene pool is refreshed annually. I think that using this method to seed the proper habitat in small tribs and headwaters makes a lot of sense. Take the human element and hatchery conditioning right out of the equation, and let Mama Nature do her thing.

With the river we work with, there are six dams. Some have upstream fish passage systems, and some have fish passage agreements for future systems installation. All of the dams have downstream passage in place. We've got some natural reproduction taking place, but the dams don't allow for much more of that. But this system is very suitable for our circumstances, and I'm hopefully optimistic that we will be able to switch over to it very soon.

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Paul works his ass off on small streams and some of our larger rivers. He and his crew lug gear through snow in January and drop eggs through holes they've chain-sawed through the ice in January; ratty stuff and first class work.

If you want to plan on catching Atlantic salmon in the US before cashing out; support Atlantic salmon restoration efforts in Maine. Paul works for the State of Maine; don't send a check there. Take a look at the website for the Downeast Salmon Federation and consider sending those finest of freaks your spare change.
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The Downeast Salmon Federation just built two of these machines and are planning to begin this kind of work late this fall. Great bunch of guys up there.

We at the Saco River Salmon Club & Hatchery are also looking to get involved with this effort and are trying to raise funds to build as many as four of the machines. It is my hope that we can transition to this kind of restoration effort in the very near future. A little spare change here would go a long way in helping us to do just that. You can contact us at www.sacosalmon.com . (Our new website, will be up and running shortly and will have a place to donate specifically to this cause). Please make notation that any donation is for the egg planting machine. Thanks for your help,

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I think all volunteers on fishery projects are great people. They do some wonderfull work on stream enhancement etc.

These are still hatchery fish. There is no natural selection of pairs.
Can't see how we can call them hatchery fish if they've never seen a hatchery. But I understand what you're saying. The problem we face here on the Saco R. is that the salmon were at one time completely extirpated. But in the 32 years since this work on the river began, we now have wild, not native, but wild, sea-run fish naturally reproducing in the river. The best case scenario for this river we believe is to take this approach to most closely emulate that which takes place in nature with the goal of eventually increasing that natural reproduction to a point where it can become self-sustaining. Of course, habitat improvement goes right along with realizing that goal.

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those guys do amazing effort .if if half of us anglers will get off our fat bottom and do some work like those guys .may be them steelhead and salmon will be on a better situation .thanks for sharing .
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those guys do amazing effort .if if half of us anglers will get off our fat bottom and do some work like those guys .may be them steelhead and salmon will be on a better situation .thanks for sharing .
LRA,

Where in the GL are you located? I know of a couple of Atlantic Salmon restoration groups that I could point you to if you're around LO. They're really doing a good work, and it is very rewarding to see efforts bearing results.

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LRA,

Where in the GL are you located? I know of a couple of Atlantic Salmon restoration groups that I could point you to if you're around LO. They're really doing a good work, and it is very rewarding to see efforts bearing results.

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Hi Rick ! I help every year to raise funds for the fish creeck landlock atlantic salmon on lake Oneida . My home river is the salmon river N.Y .any sugestions are welcome .
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Hi LRA,

Fish Creek was where I was going to send you if you were in the states. Glad to hear that you're supporting that effort.

There's also a group in Ontario, Canada that is very active. Here is a link to their website. >>> http://www.bringbackthesalmon.ca/ <<<

We're in the process of putting together a new website, and will hopefully have it up and running soon. Will post it as soon as I can.

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