Maine awarded $300K grant to restore Atlantic Salmon and River Herring to Togus Stream

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - The Maine Department of Marine Resources is getting more than $300,000 to restore Atlantic Salmon and River Herring in Togus Stream.

The money comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"It's very vital to restore sea-run fisheries here in Maine, particularly River Herring and endangered Atlantic Salmon," said Jeff Nichols of the Maine Department of Marine Resources. "It's a three year project that includes Salmon egg planting at three locations in the Togus Stream, installation of a fishway to the lower Togus Pond dam and removal of a couple of small stone dams."

The dam originally blocked Atlantic Salmon and River Herring from migrating upstream to historic spawning habitats.

Marine Resources staff began stocking it in 2010, and in 2014 began manually transferring returning River Herring over the existing dam with hand-held nets to facilitate migration.

This grant will let the restoration project begin this year.