Happy International Year of the Salmon!

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NOAA New England Mid Atlantic

February 4, 2019

Happy International Year of the Salmon!

Atlantic salmon. Credit Bill Bryden

Photo credit: Bill Bryden


While 2019 is the year of the pig in the Chinese zodiac, here at NOAA Fisheries we’re celebrating the International Year of the Salmon with our global conservation partners!

We want to thank all of our partners for their hard work and continued support. We would also like to acknowledge the importance of all salmon leaders and the work you are doing to aid salmon.

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The International Year of the Salmon (aka IYS) celebrates how salmon connects scientists, Indigenous Peoples, fishermen, policy makers, resource managers, and people across the globe. During this year we will be focusing on the connections that these remarkable fish have to our culture and environment and we’ll be asking people to become partners in keeping our oceans and rivers healthy to support salmon and people in a changing world.

Join Us at Events

Please check out the growing number of International Year of the Salmon activities and events. From festivals to scientific symposia, we’ll be celebrating salmon conservation and research all across the northern hemisphere in 2019.

One of the first events in our region will be a Maine Science Festival Pop-up Event: Salmon in Maine on February 28, 2019 at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor, Maine.

It's Almost Egg-Planting Season

Did you know that each winter from mid-February to early March, biologists “plant” Atlantic salmon eggs into gravel-bottomed Maine rivers and streams? The egg-planting technique has been used in Maine’s salmon rivers for the past decade to help restore and conserve this endangered species. Read the blog and watch the video!

Planting salmon eggs in Maine. Credit S Bailey

Planting salmon eggs in Maine. Credit: NOAA

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, at 978-281-9175