We are working to restore migratory fish and resident aquatic species in the Connecticut River basin especially river herring (blueback herring and alewife), American shad, American eel, Atlantic sturgeon and shortnose sturgeon. We are also working with dam-owners on relicensing hyrdroelectric projects to minimize impacts to the environment and migratory fishes.
What We Do
The Connecticut River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office works to restore and protect habitat for the migratory fish and resident aquatic species in the Connecticut River basin. We restore important habitat and fish connectivity between streams, rivers and lakes. Our projects improve water quality, help increase abundance of fish, and sustain the economic and recreational benefits derived from fishing and recreating in our public waters.
If you would like to see the Connecticut River migratory fish counts, click here.
- American eel
- American shad
- Blueback herring
- Atlantic sturgeon
- Shortnose sturgeon
Projects and Research
We are monitoring fish populations, cooperating on research studies, removing obstacles to migration, creating fishways so fish can migrate around dams, and boosting dwindling populations with fish from other stable populations.
Our staff publish plans, reports and research that is available for viewing. Here is a listing of some recent publications:
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