Washington, D.C. – Today, Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that four Maine organizations will receive a combined total of $1,196,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service to help restore habitats for endangered Atlantic salmon in Maine. Maine is home to the only remaining populations of wild Atlantic salmon, a species listed as endangered since 2000 due to threats from dams, pollution, and historic overfishing.
“The health of our natural habitats is critical to the survival of species like the Atlantic salmon,” said Senators Collins and King. “These investments will support the protection and restoration of our existing, native Maine
The funding is allocated as follows:
Habitat degradation is one of the largest obstacles to recovering endangered species like Atlantic salmon. Efforts funded through these partnerships will target priority habitat restoration actions determined by NOAA Fisheries to be necessary for Atlantic salmon recovery.
Senators Collins and King have been consistently supporting Atlantic salmon habitats in Maine. They previously secured $1.5 million for Atlantic Salmon Habitat restoration projects and more than $7.5 million in federal funding to restore fish access to migratory and spawning habitats within the traditional Passamaquoddy homeland. They also secured more than $22 million to remove dams and install fish ladders in the Penobscot and St. Croix Rivers allowing the endangered Atlantic salmon, along with other fish species and wildlife, to move along migrations routes with ease.