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Maine State Fish:

Atlantic salmon - click to see all state fish symbols
Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) - landlocked salmon is a subspecies of the
Atlantic salmon - photo by Timothy Knepp / USFWS (public domain image).
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Landlocked Salmon

Landlocked salmon (Salmo salar Sebago) was designated the official state fish of Maine in 1969. Landlocked salmon are a subspecies of the Atlantic salmon but never migrate to the sea, living their entire lives in the freshwater lakes of the northern United States and Canada (Maine has 6,000 lakes and ponds). Atlantic salmon are born in freshwater rivers and spend their first 1 to 5 years their before migrating to the ocean where they grow rapidly for 1 to 4 years before returning to their birth-stream to spawn.

Numerous species of landlocked salmon exist in the northern hemisphere - the two most prominent species in North America are the Sebago salmon (found in Maine, New Hampshire, and New Brunswick), and the ouananiche salmon (of Lac Saint-Jean, Canada). Landlocked salmon can weigh up to 35 pounds!

Maine also recognizes two state "heritage fish" symbols: Eastern brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) - adopted in 2005, and Blueback charr (Salvelinus alpinus oquassa) - adopted in 2007.

Source:
State Symbols - State Fish: Maine SOS Kid's Page
All About Maine - Tree of Facts: Maine SOS KId's Page
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