DEEP: Atlantic Salmon Restoration

Atlantic Salmon Restoration

The effort to restore Atlantic salmon to the Connecticut River basin began in 1967.  The majority of the young fish stocked as part of this effort has come from hatcheries operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). In 2012, the USFWS announced that it would no longer raise Atlantic salmon in its hatcheries to support the Connecticut River Restoration Program.  This decision was made as a result of shrinking USFWS budgets and the destruction of the White River National Fish Hatchery in Bethel (WRNFH), VT by Tropical Storm Irene.  That hatchery produced the vast majority of the fry that were stocked into the basin.  In light of that development, the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission (CRASC) adopted a new approach to Atlantic salmon in the watershed.  It will no longer actively work to restore a self-sustained population to the river but instead maintain a ‘legacy population’ in small, discreet areas of good habitat within the watershed.

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Content last updated February 2015