Atlantic Salmon Brood Stock Fishery
As of 2015, the N.H. Fish and Game Department no longer offers the Atlantic brood stock salmon program in the Merrimack and Pemigewasset rivers.
The brood stock program had operated since 1993 as part of the Merrimack River Anadromous Fish Restoration Program. Before they were released, brood fish provided eggs for the restoration program's fry-stocking efforts. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service discontinued support for this program in 2013.
While the salmon restoration program has ended, efforts continue to restore shad and river herring to the Merrimack River. Click here for more information on Fish and Game's Anadromous Fish Restoration program activities.
The late New Hampshire artist Arthur Taylor was well-known for his paintings of Atlantic salmon and their environments. A limited edition print of Joan Wulff -- the world's most renowned fly fisher woman, formerly of New Hampshire, who with her late husband Lee founded the Wulff school of fly fishing -- is available for purchase to benefit the Merrimack River Anadromous Fish Restoration Program.
"Joan's Release" by Arthur Taylor