I remember some West Branch salmon adventures on the Penobscot fondly. I thought that I understood now though, that the native strain of fish was so low that they are not even trying to preserve the eggs of the few returning breeders. Do you know if that has been reversed to value the native wild strain and try and re-stock with the actual Penobscot resident race of salmon when the repair to the river is made?
In the PNW much has been made of the distinction between wild steelhead strains even within the same river system. Amazing adaptions, tied to the native strains, is now understood to be a major factor in specie survival over an extended period of time. I hope we value the same adaption strategy on the Penobscot.
Good update - thanks