Maine Relief

Our Mission in Maine

The Maine Council of Trout Unlimited’s mission is to conserve, protect
and restore Maine’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

We do this with five Maine chapters and about 1500 member-volunteers, through on-the-ground restoration projects, advocacy for the waters we love, and education. Maine is home to the nation’s last Atlantic salmon, the last native landlocked salmon and to more than 97% of the nation’s native and wild brook trout ponds.

From the removal of dams on the Kennebec and Penobscot River’s to surveys of remote beaver ponds for native brook trout that deserve protection, Maine TU volunteers are working for our waters and fish. To keep our programs flourishing and our waters healthy we need your support.

Please take a few minutes and support one or more of our ongoing programs. Click here to download a donation form and specify what you'd like your dollars to support.



Brook Trout Interactive Map

Brookie

The Maine Brook Trout Waters Interactive Map was developed to educate, enlighten and assist conservationists and anglers in locating and mapping Maine's Brook Trout and their watersheds.

This Google Earth application allows users to readily locate Wild and Native Brook Trout Waters and the most current open water fishing regulations. We plan to periodically add additional layers as they become available. We think you will enjoy this user-friendly resource and hope that it helps with your next fishing trip to or within the State of Maine. Click here to go to the Maine Brook Trout Waters Interactive Map.



Brook Trout Pond Survey

Maine Pond

The Brook Trout Pond Survey Project is a collaborative effort by the Maine Council of Trout Unlimited (METU), Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) and Maine Audubon (MA). The goal is to recruit volunteers to identify previously-undocumented wild brook trout populations in remote Maine ponds. Maine brook trout are a special resource, and we need to know where they are before we can protect and manage them appropriately. The information collected by volunteer anglers, verified by biologists, will help inform future fisheries management decisions.



Volunteer Anglers Needed in 2014

There are still hundreds of ponds in Maine that have never been surveyed by fishery biologists, so we plan to continue volunteer survey efforts in 2014. We will be seeking additional volunteer anglers to assist with pond surveys across the state next fishing season. This project is a great excuse to spend more time fishing and explore new waters, while at the same time contribute to a meaningful trout conservation effort. The success of this project is entirely dependent on the data collected by volunteer anglers, so please consider helping with the Brook Trout Pond Survey.

Volunteers should be enthusiastic about fishing for brook trout, be comfortable in remote settings, and have a sense of adventure. We will update our website with new information as it becomes available.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Emily Bastian at Maine Audubon at 207-781-6180 x207, or ebastian@maineaudubon.org.