Downeast Salmon Federation
On the third Friday in April, the Downeast Salmon Federation hosts a community smelt fry to celebrate spring and the annual harvest of rainbow smelt, a native sea-run fish. Friends, family, and visitors gather next to the Wild Salmon Resource Center on the banks of the Pleasant River. Within view of the festival are active and historic fish camps, where smelt fishermen tended their gear and picked fish from their nets. In addition to food and music, the Smelt Fry offers tours of a restored fish camp and the Pleasant River salmon hatchery.
Sea Grant funds: $250