Federal officials are outlining an ambitious plan to try to save the Atlantic salmon that they say will require cooperation from Inuit fishermen in faraway Greenland.
The salmon were once found from Long Island Sound to Canada. Their populations have cratered. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the final remnants of the wild population in U.S. waters live in a handful of rivers and streams in central and eastern Maine.
The fish leave Maine rivers for the sea in the spring, and most eventually end up off Greenland. A new report issued by NOAA says reducing Greenland's salmon fishery is critical to saving the salmon. Greenland has a salmon catch quota of 45 tons per year.
NOAA's plan also says more Maine dams need to be removed so salmon can spawn.