“If we work together to maintain a healthy resource, it’s good for everyone.”
- Kelo Pinkham
For Kelo Pinkham, being a fisherman means catching fish today and making sure there will be more fish tomorrow.
So, he’s been working with scientists to perform research into more sustainable fishing practices.
Says Kelo: “If we work together to maintain a healthy resource, it’s good for everyone.”
The Nature Conservancy is out on the water working with fishermen like Kelo, and on shore partnering with communities, business and government to find solutions to tough environmental problems. In 2013, we advanced dramatic river restoration projects, championed ecologically sensible policies and deepened scientific knowledge of the marine system — making inspiring progress toward a healthy, resilient Gulf of Maine.
Revitalizing Fishing’s Future
Expanding on our previous collaboration with Gulf of Maine fishermen, the Conservancy has recently purchased two fishing permits in the Portsmouth, NH, sector. The permits will be leased to local fishermen at favorable rates to support collaborative research projects, access to locally-caught seafood, and a healthier Gulf of Maine.
Building Connections Downeast
With partners, we’re providing access for sea-run fish at projects on two Downeast rivers. A new fishway at Pokey Dam on the East Machias River will provide access for over 1 million fish. And in the Pleasant River basin, the removal of Rearing Pond Dam opens 11.6 miles, providing climate-change resilient habitat for Atlantic salmon.
Working Together to Restore the Penobscot
Starting with great fanfare this summer, the 100-year-old Veazie Dam began to be removed, thanks to the Penobscot River Restoration Trust with help from the Conservancy. “The driver of this project, to me, is the potential impact on the Gulf of Maine fisheries,” says Conservancy trustee Tony Grassi.