Maine To Open Penobscot Salmon Season Despite Feds

April 17, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

Although Atlantic salmon are already protected as an endangered species on eight smaller rivers in Maine and despite objections from the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission has decided to go ahead with a catch-and-release season on the Penobscot in two weeks. “So on May 1, a 3-mile stretch of the Penobscot just north of Bangor will be open to spring salmon fishing for only the second time in a decade — that is, unless federal officials decide to play hardball by immediately implementing protections for the fish.” Kevin Miller in the Bangor Daily News. (Thanks to reader Matt Boutet for this link.)