Peter Gray Parr Project
Thank you for your interest in the Peter Gray Parr Project and the Downeast Salmon Federation. Since 2012 the PGPP has been the most innovative conservation hatchery in North America, delivering remarkable results in rearing salmon parr in an on-river environment.
This method was developed on the river Tyne in the UK, where it contributed to one of the biggest salmon recovery success stories in Europe. Utilizing unfiltered river water from the salmon's natal river, substrate incubators, dark colored tanks, natural feed, and water velocity manipulation; DSF’s goal is to produce more naturalized salmon that is consistent with the fitness and size of fish in the wild.
"There are fewer than 100 wild Atlantic salmon left in the United States that were not raised as juveniles in a hatchery. All of these salmon are in the State of Maine. At this point in the recovery curve, wild Atlantic salmon are like the California condor when their numbers hit rock bottom with 27 known individuals. Wild Atlantic salmon need our help. A hatchery is a stop-gap measure until there are enough wild Atlantic salmon to seed the river naturally. The Peter Gray Hatchery on the East Machias River in Maine is an important tool in this recovery. All salmon conservationists look forward to the day when there is no need for a hatchery on any salmon river in Maine. Unfortunately, we are not there yet.”
—Topher Browne, Journalist and Author
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