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Monday, July 23, 2012

Feds give Connecticut River salmon restoration program the hook

After 45 years of trying to restore Atlantic salmon to the Connecticut River the US Fish & Wildlife Service is throwing in the towel. This hatchery supported program has seen about 100 million salmon smolts stocked into the Connecticut River basin with a very low return rate that doesn't justify the continued expense of the stocking program.

The Fish & Wildlife Service plan on redirecting their efforts and staff  to continue restoring other imperiled Connecticut River anadromous fish like the American shad, shortnose sturgeon, river herring, and the American eel.

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