Downeast Fisheries Partnership

Downeast FisheriesMaine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Manomet, and the Downeast Salmon Federation have joined forces to restore one of the world’s great marine and freshwater ecosystems so that communities in Downeast Maine can sustain themselves fishing forever. Rebuilding fisheries and sustainable communities will require a coordinated effort of nonprofits, businesses and government; an approach that recognizes the ecological interdependence of coastal waters, estuaries, rivers, and their watersheds; and shared responsibility for effective management by local fishermen working with state and federal agencies.

Releasing MoltsThe goals of the Downeast Fisheries Partnership are to:

  • Encourage and support habitat restoration projects, such as dam removal on rivers and streams that will allow sea run fish populations to rebound.
  • Diversify the fishing economy beyond its dependence on lobster by better controlling when and where fishing occurs, so juvenile fish have an opportunity to grow and reproduce.
  • Create stewardship and management programs in which fishermen are active partners.
  • Develop new, profitable markets for fisheries products that are flexible and can respond to changes in the ecosystem.
  • Document the outcomes and lessons learned so that the methods can be expanded to other regions.

Downeast Salmon Federation

Downeast Salmon Federation

Our mission is to conserve wild Atlantic salmon and its habitat, restore a viable sports fishery and protect other important river, scenic, recreational and ecological resources in eastern Maine.




For over forty years, Manomet has worked to use science as a common currency to combine the interests of diverse stakeholders for creating a more sustainable world.


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College of the Atlantic

College of the Atlantic enriches the liberal arts tradition through a distinctive educational philosophy, human ecology, which integrates knowledge from all academic disciplines and from personal experiences to investigate—and ultimately improve—the relationships between human beings and our social and natural communities.


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Maine Farmland Trust

Maine Farmland Trust protects farmland, supports farmers, and advances the future of farming.



Sunrise County Economic Council

The Sunrise County Economic Council initiates and facilitates the creation of jobs and prosperity in Washington County, Maine, by working with a consortium of community-minded businesses, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and citizens.


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Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Coast Heritage Trust 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.


Washington County Council of Governments

A municipal membership organization that delivers a wide range of customized planning, advisory and resources development services to help communities build the future of Washington County, Maine


Downeast Institute

DEI works to improve the quality of life for the people of downeast and coastal Maine through applied marine research, technology transfer, and public marine resource education.

To learn more about Downeast Fisheries Partnership, download the brochure.

How can you help?

Donate now (Please specify that your donation is for DFP)

For more information:
Contact Anne Hayden, DFP Coordinator