Statement of cooperation on the restoration of indigenous, sea-run fish in the Skutik/St. Croix River watershed along the U.S.-Canada border

The health of a major ecosystem along the U.S.-Canada international border is receiving renewed interest this spring, as U.S. and Canadian agencies are joining with the Passamaquoddy Tribes and Peskotomuhkati Nation at Skutik to commit to improving fish passage and wildlife habitat in the state of Maine and in New Brunswick, Canada. A Statement of Cooperation affirms their mutual objective to cooperate in the restoration of indigenous, sea-run fish in the Skutik/St. Croix River watershed, a significant food source and area of cultural significance.

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"Restoring and preserving the Skutik/St. Croix River watershed is a noble endeavor, of which DFO is proud to be a part. Today is a great day for this river, as well as for those who live near it and those who use it for ceremonial, recreational, and commercial purposes. The signing of this Statement of Cooperation marks yet another opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues and friends on both sides of the border to achieve our common goal of restoring sea-run fish, the watershed, and the ecosystem."

Serge Doucet, Regional Director General, Gulf Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

"The Peskotomuhkati Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribes have been responsible stewards of the Skutik River since time immemorial. Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Maritimes Region is pleased to join them and our American partners in this statement of cooperation, which represents a meaningful step forward towards working nation-to-nation to protect our shared fisheries and waterways. We look forward to continuing our collaboration to protect the Skutik River and ensure its bounties can be enjoyed for generations to come."

Doug Wentzell, Regional Director General, Maritimes Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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