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Fishery fest isn’t wholly mackerel: Smelts, salmon in focus

March 6, 2018

COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine (AP) — Down East Maine’s annual celebration of fried smelts and migrating fish is scheduled for April 21 in Columbia Falls.

The 18th Annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration will take over the tiny community that day. The event began as a community potluck and has grown into a regional event that attracts hundreds of people.

The Downeast Salmon Federation uses the event as a way to educate the public about conservation of migratory fish. There will also be smoked mackerel, venison stew and a fried smelt dinner, finished off with dessert made with local blueberries.

The event also includes activities and displays about conservation of fish species and their habitats.

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