Penobscot River Atlantic salmon returns on tempo to be highest in 10 years

The rain and moist circumstances throughout the spring and early summer season might not have been good for out of doors recreation, but it surely seemingly helped with the return of Atlantic salmon, that are federally protected below the Endangered Species Act, to the waters of the Penobscot River.

An estimated 1,489 salmon have handed by means of both the fish elevate in Milford or the Orono dam up to now in 2023 as of July 22, stated Jason Valliere, marine useful resource scientist for the Maine Division of Marine Assets. That continues a optimistic pattern for Atlantic salmon returns. It marks probably the most fish counted since 2012.

As was the case final 12 months, it’s seemingly that greater river flows ensuing from intensive spring and early summer season rains performed a job in cooling the water and enabling Atlantic salmon to ascend the rivers and get into fishways extra effectively in 2023.