Category Archives: Fishing

Goodbye North Maine Woods

The North Maine Woods may be wide open for development if a proposed rule change is implemented by the Land Use Regulation Commission. This would be a tragedy not only for Maine, but for the entire nation. A current rule allows new buildings in the unorganized territories only within one mile of existing developments. That […]

Baxter Park protected fish long before the state did

As a longtime advocate for protection of our native brook trout, a fight that is ongoing, I was interested to come across a copy of an article in a 1975 edition of DIFW’s magazine. Longtime DIFW fisheries biologist Paul Johnson wrote the article about Baxter Park’s fisheries management. He noted that “all of the fish […]

Maine can learn from New Zealand’s fish disaster

New Zealand has suffered an environmental disaster that’s severely impacted everything from water supplies to fish. Throughout a recent edition of New Zealand’s Fish & Game magazine, this sad story was told. Unregulated expansion of dairy and other farms, along with lots of development, has harmed their waterways, negatively impacting the environment. For example, 20% […]

Fisheries Group Tackles Heritage Law Changes

DIFW’s fisheries working group dived into the many issues of Maine’s Heritage waters where native brook trout and charr are protected, at the group’s meeting on March 13. Francis Brautigam, DIFW’s fisheries division director, chairs the meetings and leads the discussion. A few weeks ago Francis made some important promises to the legislature’s Inland Fisheries […]

DIFW Finally Promises To Protect Trout Tributaries

After resisting requests that tributaries to our Heritage waters be protected, DIFW Fisheries Director Francis Brautigam told members of the legislature that his agency will do that. This has been a long and sometimes ugly battle, but I am delighted that the department is now on board with those of us who have advocated for […]