Native Fish Coalition
The Maine chapter of Native Fish Coalition (NFC) has collaborated with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) and the Sportsmen’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) to develop an informational sign to be posted on legally designated “State Heritage Fish” waters throughout Maine. The number of Heritage waters is currently 578 and growing. The objective of this project is to educate the public as to the existence of native, self-sustaining brook trout populations and the laws in place to protect them.
Maine is now considered the last great stronghold of native brook trout in the contiguous United States, containing over 90% of the remaining intact lake and pond-dwelling brook trout populations in the country.
The introduction of invasive fish species is arguably the largest threat to native brook trout populations. This project aims to protect ecologically, economically, and culturally important populations by preventing the introduction of invasive fish species which often become established through the use of live fish as bait.
YOU CAN HELP
Help the Maine chapter of Native Fish Coalition place these important informational signs at Maine's 578 and counting State Heritage Fish lakes and ponds.
There are three ways you can help:
Adopt a Pond: For a donation of $20 per sign you can personally put up the sign(s) at your favorite State Heritage Fish lake or pond. Depending on access, waters will have between 1 and 5 signs. Write your name on the back of a sign, secure it as directed, take a selfie and send it in for inclusion in our online project photo gallery. You will also be added to the list of project sponsors on our website. Your donation will help pay for your sign(s) and one other per. Email us at [email protected] to learn more or sign up for pond(s) from the list below.
Adopt a Sign: For a donation of $20 you can have your name written on the back of a sign and be added to the list of project sponsors on our website. Your sign will be put up at a lake or pond by one of our volunteers. Your donation will help pay for roughly two signs. Click here to donate.
Purchase a Sign: For a donation of $50 you can have your own Maine State Heritage Fish brook trout sign. A great addition addition to your camp, cabin, cottage, fly tying room, office, (wo)man cave or business, your donation will help pay for roughly four signs in the field. Click here to donate.
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