Peter Gray, the legendary British fisheries biologist, created one of the most impressive wild Atlantic salmon restoration programs in the 170-year history of Atlantic salmon conservation.
Through his innovative rearing conditions in his unique stream-side hatchery, he was able to strengthen salmon for survival during their epic oceanic journey. Over three decades, Gray’s efforts increased salmon returns on England’s River Tyne from 724 to over 13,000 adults.
Peter Gray personally trained the DSF biologists working on the Peter Gray Parr Project and he was actively involved in the project’s launch in 2012.
You can download updates, white papers and project materials, and read in depth information about the hatchery, processes and protocols.
The Pleasant River Hatchery is the head office of the Downeast Salmon Federation. The facility is located on the site of an old hydroelectric dam that was removed as the original DSF river restoration project.
This facility has a small conservation hatchery and raises salmon stock indigenous to this river. You can learn more by clicking the link below.
Volunteers are need every year to assist with various processes including fish releases.
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