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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is one of the lead federal agencies involved in Atlantic salmon and sea-run fish recovery in Maine. The agency has several offices around the state, listed alphabetically below, that work together and with partners to implement conservation actions.

View the profile for the USFWS Headquarters

For more information on regional efforts, view the Northeast Region's website.

Gulf of Maine Coastal Program (GOMCP)

4R Fundy Road, Falmouth, ME 04105 | 207-781-8364 |

The Gulf of Maine Coastal Program works with a variety of partners to share information, knowledge, and capabilities for habitat conservation at the landscape scale to support healthy populations of fish and wildlife. Together, we protect and restore habitats that sustain diverse and abundant populations of fish, wildlife, and plants throughout the Gulf of Maine watershed. With the threat of climate change, successful landscape level habitat conservation will provide opportunities for fish and wildlife to adapt. This holistic approach ensures that individual projects produce meaningful and sustainable results for fish and wildlife and makes the best use of limited resources.

Lamar Fish Health Center

400 Washington Avenue, PO Box 155, Lamar, PA 16848 | 570-726-6611 |

The Lamar Fish Health Center provides critical diagnostic and screening services to a wide range of facilities for both the USFWS and our partners. The FHC also develops disease prevention and containment guidelines for use throughout the Northeast Region. The FHC's on site capabilities include pathogen detection and isolation, disease diagnosis, treatment recommendation, infection control via biosecurity implementation, and technical assistance regarding fish health and propagation. Additional technical support is acquired through other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service labs in the nine Fish Health Center system, as well as other cooperating inter-agency laboratories. The staff includes five biologists and one laboratory technician and receives administrative support through the co-located Northeast Fishery Center complex.

Maine Field Office (MEFO)

17 Godfrey Drive, Suite 2, Orono, ME 04473 | 207-866-3344 |

The Ecological Services program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for the conservation and restoration of fish and wildlife and their habitats. Maine Field Office biologists investigate the effects of contaminants and recover damages for injuries to Department of the Interior trust resources caused by oil or chemical releases. We also help recover threatened and endangered species and review proposals for wetland and stream alterations from many types of development. We recommend measures to enhance fish and wildlife resources in conjunction with the licensing of energy generation facilities and other Federal projects such as shoreline protection, navigation and flood control, etc. Our work with private individuals, organizations, and other State and Federal agencies protects, restores and enhances fish and wildlife habitat on private, State, and Federal lands. Our office also provides the public with information about the value and benefits derived from the conservation and restoration of fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats.

Maine Fisheries Program Complex

306 Hatchery Road, East Orland, ME 04431 | 207-469-6701 |

The Maine Fisheries Program Complex (consisting of Craig Brook and Green Lake National Fish Hatcheries, and the Maine Fishery Resources Office) provides administrative oversight and technical support for a multi-faceted restoration and recovery program for Atlantic salmon and other anadromous fish and their habitats in Maine. The Complex administers strong science and adaptive management approaches for restoration and recovery, and initiates partnerships with other federal, state, tribal and private sector entities to leverage resource acccomplishments. The hatcheries within the Complex are its conservation tools for river-specific broodstock and outplanting programs, and its Fishery Resources Office provides technical expertise for on-the-ground habitat and fish passage projects that are closely coordinated with an array of watershed partners. The Complex also oversees a popular educational outreach program that provides hands-on interpretive demonstrations, tours, and a highly successful "Salmon in Schools Program" for the people of Maine, with a host of supporting partners. About 40,000 people visit the Complex and its satellite facilities every year.

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