Downeast Salmon Federation

The mission of Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) 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.


DSF is a regional hub, catalyst, and leader engaging communities, partners, and allies on two key fronts: 1) sea-run fish habitat conservation and stock replenishment, and 2) regional education and activism. DSF has permanently protected more than 2,500 acres and 23 miles of riparian properties; coordinated numerous in-stream and riparian restoration projects; built two world-class conservation hatcheries and salmon stocking programs; and guided advocacy, education, and outreach on sustainable fisheries, communities, and the economy. DSF has  been instrumental in removing two major dams, and received the National Coastal America Partnership Award for transforming a blighted building into an education and research center with a conservation hatchery, wet-lab, and educational facilities.