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Genetic Status of Atlantic Salmon in Maine: Interim Report from the Committee on Atlantic Salmon in Maine
populations are distinguishable from each other. Moreover, their degree of distinctiveness is typical of that found throughout the remaining world distribution of wild Atlantic salmon. The data suggest that current Maine salmon in the DPS rivers are not mainly hatchery mixtures but rather show the typical metapopulation structure that characterizes wild populations of salmon and their relatives in places where stocking has been absent or insignficant. Maine has wild salmon populations in the eight DPS rivers that are as divergent from Canadian populations and from each other as expected among wild salmon populations elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere.