ELLSWORTH — NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced more than $6 million in funding for projects in Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia to restore more than 11,000 acres of habitat and open more than 200 stream miles for fish passage. These projects will benefit species such as river herring and the tuna, bluefish, cod, birds and marine mammals that prey on them.
In Maine, NMFS will give $174,000 to the Atlantic Salmon Federation to fund projects that include the removal of inappropriately designed culverts and the installation of fish ladders that will open up fish passage in the Penobscot, East Machias and Androscoggin river watersheds. An estimated 10,000 lake acres and 160 river miles will be made accessible to Atlantic salmon and forage fish such as alewife and blueback herring.
NMFS also will provide and additional $365,000) in funding for removal of the Veazie Dam on the Penobscot River and environmental monitoring of the river. NOAA has already invested roughly $21 million toward a multiyear plan, developed in close collaboration with several state and private conservation partners, to restore fish habitat on the Penobscot.