Maine conservationists release 140,000 young salmon

A Maine conservation organization said its release of more than 140,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon will help restore the fish’s run to the East Machias River. The Downeast Salmon Federation released the juvenile salmon, raised at an East Machias hatchery, into the river and many streams throughout the river’s watershed. A scientist with the hatchery said dark-colored tanks were used to give the fish a ‘‘darker, more natural color’’ that allows them to blend in with their surroundings in the river. The salmon are about 2 to 4 inches in length when released. This is the third year the salmon federation has undertaken the project. (AP)