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2008-09-15 15:00:17

By JOHN HOLYOKE When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a proposal to include the Atlantic salmon in three large Maine rivers under federal Endangered Species Act protection, I expected Mainers would react to the news. The targeted rivers - the Androscoggin, the Kennebec and the Penobscot - are among our state's most fabled, and the salmon clubs of Greater Bangor are historically significant as well. Seeing as how we're reaching the end of a banner year of...

2008-09-15 15:00:00

By JOHN RICHARDSON In 1999, a federal proposal to declare the Atlantic salmon in eight Down East rivers an endangered species sparked an outcry and prolonged challenge by the governor, the state's congressional delegation and several Maine industries. What a difference nine years make. Earlier this month, a proposal to extend the same federal protection to salmon in three much bigger rivers - the Penobscot, the Kennebec and the Androscoggin - got a far different response. "We need to...

2008-09-08 15:00:33

For a long while, our displeasure at the second-class treatment of the Androscoggin River, versus the Kennebec and Penobscot rivers, regarding the restoration of the river's habitat, has been apparent. Now, here comes the federal government - namely the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - proposing endangered species status for Atlantic salmon that used to swim in great numbers in the Androscoggin, Kennebec and Penobscot rivers....

2008-09-07 15:00:12

By Scott Thistle and Terry Karkos LEWISTON - There's a simple reason the stream near the Lewiston- Lisbon town line is named Salmon Brook. "They were here," John Ponte said. "They didn't name these places without reason." Ponte, an Auburn native and longtime member of Trout Unlimited, was among the fish and river experts in Maine trying to digest the latest proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. On Tuesday, the service announced it wants to expand its endangered species listing...

2008-09-04 15:00:17

The federal government has loudly touted and helped to fund a historic project to remove dams on the Penobscot River. So it is an odd time for the government to move ahead with plans to expand the endangered species designation for Atlantic salmon to include the Penobscot, Kennebec and Androscoggin rivers. At a time when cooperative conservation is favored over government mandates and the state and nation need more renewable energy, including hydroelectricity, expanding the endangered species...

2008-09-04 15:00:17

By JOHN HOLYOKE On Tuesday, the news many had expected finally arrived: Federal agencies are moving forward with a plan to expand the protection of Gulf of Maine Atlantic salmon by including fish in the Kennebec, Androscoggin and Penobscot rivers under an endangered species listing. On Wednesday, I received a phone message from a man who was apparently finding a way to remain optimistic. "I was wondering if there's going to be a fall season for Atlantic salmon on the Penobscot this...

2008-08-27 15:00:43

A landmark agreement between the Penobscot River Restoration Trust and PPL Energy Corp. to sell, remove and bypass three hydroelectric dams is a blueprint for efforts for improving river habitats. Last week, in an announcement in Old Town, the trust revealed it raised $25 million to buy the Howland, Veazie and Great Works dams through a private fundraising campaign and federal allocations. Water has flowed over these dams for centuries, powering the industrial heyday of the Penobscot...

2008-08-22 15:00:29

By KEVIN MILLER; OF THE NEWS STAFF OLD TOWN - Armed with $25 million in public and private funding, a coalition is pushing ahead with plans to purchase three dams in the Penobscot River as part of an unprecedented project to reopen spawning grounds for Atlantic salmon and other fish species. Five years ago, conservationists, tribal and government officials, and representatives of the power industry announced an ambitious plan to remove two dams and bypass a third dam without reducing...

2008-08-21 12:01:00

OLD TOWN, Maine, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PPL Corporation and the Penobscot River Restoration Trust announced a major milestone Thursday (8/21) in the effort to open nearly 1,000 miles of the river to Atlantic salmon and other migratory fishes. The trust has raised the $25 million necessary to purchase three PPL-owned dams along the Penobscot River in eastern Maine. PPL has received the trust's notice of intent to exercise the option, but the sale must still be approved by the...

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2008-08-19 10:13:53

EZ Pass for Fish Helps Ocean Tracking Network Locate Salmon from Maine off Halifax, Nova Scotia For years scientists have struggled to understand the decline and slow recovery of Atlantic salmon, a once abundant and highly prized game and food fish native to New England rivers. Biologists agree that poor marine survival is affecting salmon in the U.S. and Canada, but specific causes are difficult to determine in the ocean. Small acoustic tags and associated technology may provide some...


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