Groundfish — cod, haddock and flounder — disappeared twenty years ago from eastern Maine’s marine waters, while Atlantic salmon and other freshwater species are in decline in the region’s rivers. Today the coastal economy relies almost entirely on lobster – gone is the diversity of the region’s recreational and commercial fisheries.
The Downeast Fisheries Partnership is an unprecedented effort to restore one of the world’s great ecosystems by reconnecting the rivers of eastern Maine to its coastal waters.
Building a future for fishing in eastern Maine will require the coordinated and concerted effort of many groups working together.
The following organizations have joined forces with us to create the Downeast Fisheries Partnership, a collaboration to marshal the resources, skills and momentum that are necessary to restore one of the world’s great ecosystems.
Washington County Council of Governments
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Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) conserves and stewards Maine’s coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, ecological value, outdoor recreational opportunities, and contribution to community well-being. MCHT provides statewide conservation leadership through its work with land trusts, coastal communities and other partners.
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College of the Atlantic
College of the Atlantic enriches the liberal arts tradition through a distinctive educational philosophy—human ecology. A human ecological perspective integrates knowledge from all academic disciplines and from personal experience to investigate—and ultimately improve—the relationships between human beings and our social and natural communities.