- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine (AP) - The Downeast Salmon Federation wants volunteers to help gather data on the health of the sea-run smelt population in Downeast Maine.

The organization’s project extends from Stonington to the St. Croix River. Downeast Salmon Federation says it is hoping to find recreational fishermen, nature enthusiasts and citizens scientists interested in the project.

The group says it is motivated to gather information about smelt because of a decline in sea-run smelts in recent years. The decline spurred emergency closures and regulatory charges at the state level. The organization says the information about smelts is important to help “ensure they are healthy, and to keep regulations appropriate for this region.”

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