Peter Gray

The Peter Gray Story


The late Peter Gray was born in 1941 and grew up on the banks of the River Tyne. He was the grandson of a ghillie on the Tweed, and became an angler himself. Gray began fishing for brown trout but quickly found his niche with Atlantic salmon and sea trout.

Peter-GrayHis 27-year career was spent managing the famous Kielder Hatchery where he played a major role in returning the River Tyne to one of the finest salmon rivers in England. Gray carried his knowledge and successful efforts to the River Dove. He went on to serve as a consultant and worked with salmon restoration programs across the world.

Gray’s efforts resulted in one of the most impressive wild Atlantic salmon restoration programs in the 170 year history of Atlantic salmon conservation. Salmon returns increased on the River Tyne from 724 to over 13,000 adults. His innovative rearing conditions in his unique streamside hatchery led to strong salmon prepared for survival during their epic oceanic journey.

Reflecting on a Visionary


Gray facilitated the set up and training for the Parr Project at the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF), which is why the project is named in his honor. In an interview with Fly Fisherman Magazine, DSF’s Executive Director Dwayne Shaw shared, “Peter’s philosophy was that our hatchery efforts here in America have failed to recover salmon stocks because we’ve been producing inferior fish. He believed we needed to produce ‘little athletes’ with a superior ability to survive, grow, navigate the North Atlantic, and return as healthy adults.”

From custom-designing incubator boxes that allow fish to swim out when they want, painting feeding tanks black instead of blue and conditioning fish with increasing water velocities, to using unfiltered water from the very river that holds 10,000 years of evolutionary connection, Gray’s methods continue today. He suddenly passed away in 2012, a year in which the first batch of 81,000 eggs were hatched at the facility now bearing his name, the Peter Gray Hatchery.

Peter Gray
Peter Gray

The Peter Gray Story


The late Peter Gray was born in 1941 and grew up on the banks of the River Tyne. He was the grandson of a ghillie on the Tweed, and became an angler himself. Gray began fishing for brown trout but quickly found his niche with Atlantic salmon and sea trout.

Peter-GrayHis 27-year career was spent managing the famous Kielder Hatchery where he played a major role in returning the River Tyne to one of the finest salmon rivers in England. Gray carried his knowledge and successful efforts to the River Dove. He went on to serve as a consultant and worked with salmon restoration programs across the world.

Gray’s efforts resulted in one of the most impressive wild Atlantic salmon restoration programs in the 170 year history of Atlantic salmon conservation. Salmon returns increased on the River Tyne from 724 to over 13,000 adults. His innovative rearing conditions in his unique streamside hatchery led to strong salmon prepared for survival during their epic oceanic journey.

Peter Gray

Reflecting on a Visionary


Gray facilitated the set up and training for the Parr Project at the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF), which is why the project is named in his honor. In an interview with Fly Fisherman Magazine, DSF’s Executive Director Dwayne Shaw shared, “Peter’s philosophy was that our hatchery efforts here in America have failed to recover salmon stocks because we’ve been producing inferior fish. He believed we needed to produce ‘little athletes’ with a superior ability to survive, grow, navigate the North Atlantic, and return as healthy adults.”

From custom-designing incubator boxes that allow fish to swim out when they want, painting feeding tanks black instead of blue and conditioning fish with increasing water velocities, to using unfiltered water from the very river that holds 10,000 years of evolutionary connection, Gray’s methods continue today. He suddenly passed away in 2012, a year in which the first batch of 81,000 eggs were hatched at the facility now bearing his name, the Peter Gray Hatchery.

Help us Restore Maine's Wild Atlantic Salmon Population


$1 per parr. Restore one or restore thousands. All donations will make a difference!

The goal of the Peter Gray Parr Project is to increase the number of parr raised and stocked to over 2,000,000. At an estimated cost of just over $1 per parr, we must raise 2.2 million dollars to support this restoration. For every dollar donated, contributors will quite literally be putting more parr in the East Machias River and directly impacting the restoration of Maine's wild Atlantic salmon population.

PETER GRAY PARR PROJECT GOAL


Restore over 2,000,000 Wild Atlantic Salmon Parr to the East Machias River.

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Financial progress towards restoring over 2,000,000 Wild Atlantic Salmon Parr into the East Machias River

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