Rainbow smelt

Rainbow smelt are an important part of New England's ecosystem and culture, but the species is declining precipitously. Scientists and resource managers are developing a plan to protect the species. People can take action now to help.

Map of the rainbow smelt's geographic range

The state governments of Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are collaborating on scientific research into the status and threats facing the rainbow smelt, which is listed as a federal Species of Concern. The research will support development of a regional conservation and restoration plan for the species. This website is a centralized source of information on the science and conservation of rainbow smelt in the Gulf of Maine.

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