Downeast Fisheries Partnership

Sunrise County Economic Council, in partnership with Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Manomet, The College of the Atlantic, the Downeast Salmon Federation, the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research & Education, Maine Farmland Trust, Washington County Council of Governments and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust have come together to restore the connection between our marine and freshwater ecosystems.  With the goal of sustaining fishing communities in the Downeast forever, the Downeast Fisheries Partnership (DFP) is rebuilding fisheries and the communities which rely on them through a coordinated effort of nonprofits, businesses and government.  Recognizing the ecological interdependence of coastal waters, estuaries, rivers, and watersheds, the DFP helps to generate long term, responsible and effective local  fisheries management.

Photo by Don Dunbar

Photo by Don Dunbar

The 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.