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Saco Salmon Restoration Alliance & Hatchery

P.O. Box 115, Saco, ME 04072


We are a publicly funded all-volunteer non-profit organization. Our volunteers are continuing to contribute between 2000 and 3000 hours yearly to keep our salmon hatchery in operation.

Saco Salmon Restoration Alliance & Hatchery – 2024 News


January 2024


In 2023, volunteers contributed 2008 hours to help maintain the hatchery and our organization.


Sarah Bourdeau and Mia Meister are UNE students who have joined our volunteer staff, and they will be helping us until May 2024.


February 2024


We have two UNE citizenship volunteers helping at the hatchery. Anna Sinclair and Tyler Druck. Citizenship volunteers are requested to complete fifteen hours of volunteer service.


Dan and Denis have developed a self-contained system for incubating eggs that we receive from the University of New England (UNE) Marine Science Center (MSC), and it is currently operational. We received some small fertilized wild Atlantic salmon eggs from our UNE broodstock which Denis is incubating to see if any will eye-up.

Our Fish Friends volunteers, Pam, David, and Connor are making sure that the twelve area schools that are participating have the necessary equipment and supplies and are prepared to receive eyed up eggs for educational purposes. The schools are then provided with instructions on how to set up and operate their aquariums. For this season, eyed-up eggs will be sourced from the Green Lake Fish Hatchery for the Fish Friends program and the schools will receive their eggs on March 6th.


As of 2/5/24, the hatchery volunteers are taking care of sixteen e-fished parr and sixty-nine smolts that are 3.5 – 4.5 years old. The UNE MSC is holding 121 broodstock.

The broodstock is getting older and it is now becoming more of a problem getting good eggs from the ageing broodstock. We will be having meetings with UNE, Division of Marine Resources (DMR), Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W) and NOAA to discuss if we can get more adults, smolts or Parr for the program.

We are working on securing eyed up eggs for 2025 from another source that is south of us for the Fish Friends program and egg planting.

 Newsletter prepared by Garry Kasten



Thank you all for your generous support.

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