The last remaining wild Atlantic salmon populations in the United States are found only in Maine.
They are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Atlantic Salmon Adult

Fish Friends provides a unique opportunity for students across Maine to observe, learn, and care for this endangered species.

Fish Friends students releasing the young salmon they raised into their local river

Through Fish Friends, the Maine Council of the Atlantic Salmon Federation (MCASF) aims to both educate future generations on the importance of wild Atlantic salmon and fisheries conservation, as well as provide a unique and fun learning experience. MCASF is one of 6 regional councils associated with the international Atlantic Salmon Federation and we are dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of wild Atlantic salmon and their environment.

Are you a Maine educator interested in leading the Fish Friends program at your school or organization? Be sure to visit our About page to learn more about the program and contact the Fish Friends Coordinator with questions.

Are you passionate about hands-on education, fisheries, conservation, or aquarium systems? We are always in need of volunteers to support the program. Contact the Fish Friends Coordinator for more info.

Participating in Fish Friends was an incredible experience for our students. They loved learning about egg development, watching the eggs hatch and observing their behavior. I got so much help from our mentor, and felt very supported through the process. I cannot recommend this program highly enough.

Biddeford Middle School teacher, Spring 2019
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