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Penobscot Atlantic salmon returns highest since 2011

Updated: Apr 27, 2021

November 21, 2020 John Holyoke - Bangor Daily News

The fish lift on the Penobscot River at the Milford Dam closed for the season on Nov. 16, and fisheries personnel say the annual run of Atlantic salmon was encouraging, but more conservation work is needed on the federally endangered species.

The unofficial count — before Maine Department of Marine Resources staffers analyze data and make sure that recaptured fish are only counted once — is 1,603 salmon that have been counted in the Penobscot this year. That’s up from 1,152 in 2019, and is the biggest run of salmon since 2011, when 3,125 salmon returned to the river. The average run for the eight years from 2012 to 2019 was just 708 salmon per year.

Jason Valliere, a marine resource scientist for the DMR, said the total marked the continuation of a positive pattern.

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