Here come the feds, "in the name of salmon"!
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I'm betting that you may be right. Also, I bet that the current salmon season on the Penobscot will be the last one for awhile.
If anyone doubts the chilling effect on the current stocking programs in the "soon to be listed" rivers, remember the PRIVATE pond rules now in effect:
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So scarce that in 1999, Maine, the last American bastion of wild Atlantic salmon, closed its rivers to salmon fishing to save the salmon, whose numbers had shrunk from pollution, dams and other forces. But it dealt a blow to fishermen around the country, especially those who recall the heyday, when the first silvery salmon caught in Maine each year went to none other than the president of the United States.
Now, with salmon slowly returning, Maine has opened its first wild salmon season in seven years â€” [url=http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/28/us/28salmon.html?_r=1&ref=us&oref=slog... month of restricted fishing on the stateâ€™s storied Penobscot River[/url].
Yours truly asked about Salmon and the Kennebec in May 2004:
You've got some 'splainin to do.
Doesn't the ESA have a "never have to say you're sorry" clause?
Face it folks, this has been in the works for some time now:
And if you think your fishing is safe on the Kennebec, think again:
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Editor's Note: Enviros take aim again at energy independence.
The Kennebec Journal
Lawsuits threatened against dam owners
Declared endangered species
[The Merrymeeting Bay group]...sent letters to...owners of four hydroelectric dams, threatening to sue them under the U.S. Clean Water Act unless they take action to protect Atlantic salmon in the Kennebec River.
The river's salmon...are being killed as they pass through turbine blades at dams in Waterville, Winslow, Fairfield.., Skowhegan, advocates contend. They suggest installation of protective barriers on the turbines.