What is happening?
For an Atlantic Salmon to spawn, they must trek from the Ocean, to the upper reaches of Coastal Rivers. This perilous migration exposes these beautiful fish to birds, bears, falls and other obstacles. Aside from those natural hurdles, human development is the greatest threat to their migration due to the construction of Dams. There are 73,000 Dams over 3 feet high in American rivers alone. What was originally thought to be a green source of energy has had extreme unforeseen effects to Salmon populations nationwide and nearly displaced all of them from Maine’s rivers.
The Atlantic Salmon need you!
How can we help?
I am selling my handmade woodworking through this fundraiser to support the revival of Salmon population. All money raised will advance critical work done by the nonprofit “Maine Rivers.” Maine Rivers is the only statewide advocacy for rivers in Maine.
Their Mission: “Protect, restore and enhance the ecological health of Maine’s river systems”
Current Project: “Alewife Restoration Initiative”
• Goal is to bring back 1 million adult Alewives into China Lake by working with local volunteers and dam owners to remove barriers from the stream and invasive plants from its banks
• Maine rivers has taken down 1 of the 6 dams on the Kennebec River tributary southeast of the Lockwood Dam, bringing us one step closer to the goal
• By the successful removal of these next 5 dams and a full revitalized population of Alewife in China Lake, we will have undeniable evidence proving that these efforts are effective and important to all aspects of the surrounding ecosystem
• Alewives are a crucial species in Maine’s rivers as they have coevolved with Atlantic Salmon providing cover for spawning salmon as well as a sustainable food source
Any donations below 50$ are immensly appreciated and encouraged!
Small Open Bowl (Cup)
Small Seed Bowl
Medium Open Bowl
Large Seed Bowl
French Rolling Pin
Not Pictured: Meduim Seed Bowl, Meduim Open Bowl & Toy Top
PSA: In the comments of the donation or direct message, feel free to include and specific features you would like in your bowl
In 2016, my dad and I traveled to the St. Paul River in Northern Canada on a catch and release salmon fishing trip. The fish beneath my canoe seemed to be a wonder of the world once I heard about their long journey. Nature’s path to reproduction led them from the vast ocean up the very same pools they spawned from. Filling their gills with freshwater is a transition I can only imagine to be discomforting. In front of them, hundreds of miles of river to navigate, a journey impossible to foresee. Additionally, they must climb hundreds of feet and traverse through nature’s unpredictability. These are all incredible feats alone, and unfathomable when considering an arduous current that runs against them. Where do they find the stamina, spirit, and power needed? Despite gravity, they find the will to rise over rocks, jump ledges, and surge over falls. This incredible journey is all in effort to spawn the next generation of these beautiful fish. In my life, I have come to revere these characteristics and can only hope the next generation is able to appreciate them the way I have.
Thank you for your time and help,
- Anonymous M
- Will Tennant
- Connor Nolan
- Donna and Roger Nolan
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