good news for Kennebec Salmon
The National Academy of Science has determined that the Kennebecs Salmon are wild and distinct. In an earlier summary they did not aknowledge them. After reviewing the document provided to them by Freinds of the Kennebec Salmon they revisted the Kennebec. They were very interested in the rivers potential since the removal of the Edwards Dam. On April 19 they came out for a tour of the river and were impressed. They were so impressed that they recommended that the state not stock the river with salmon. They felt this would be detrimental to the Kennebecs wild and distinct present population.
The NAOS became involved when Maines salmon were listed as an endangered species. The governor and Maines congressional delegation brought in the NAOS in to review the listing. This was thier last ditch effort to dicredit the listing and Maines wild salmon. The academy after a year long review supported the listing.
This is a real victory for Kennebec Salmon. Up untill now they have been the ugly step children of Maines Salmon. Now they have been recognized for what they truly are distinct, wild and incredibly tenacious and adaptable to survive in this river against all odds.