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April 25, 2014

Something’s Fishy Here – Fish Migration Event in Newmarket

blueback herringNEWMARKET, N.H. -- To learn more and play an active role in helping river herring get from the sea back into the Lamprey River, join the folks from Fish and Game and the Lamprey Rivers Advisory Committee on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 10:00 to noon as they gather fish and help them get up and over the McCallen Dam in Newmarket. Other fish might include see-through baby American eels and prehistoric lamprey eels.

Free migration for fish is crucial to achieve healthy fish populations and ecosystems. While most fish are migratory to some degree, some species like salmon, sturgeon, trout, herring, shad, lamprey, and American eel must migrate thousands of miles to complete their life cycles. If they can’t migrate, the populations will suffer. Sadly, this has happened with many species in different places around the world already.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is working hard to make sure that adult river herring can successfully migrate from the sea back to spawning areas well inland. Work on the Lamprey River has been particularly successful. So successful, in fact, that the U.S. Congress has declared that the Lamprey River is included in the National Wild and Scenic River System. Migratory fish played a crucial role in that nomination.

This rain-or-shine event is free and registration is not required. Park in the public lot behind the Newmarket Public Library on Route 108. Follow the fish signs to the event. For those wishing to get up close and personal with the fish, we recommend rubber boots or old sneakers that can get wet or muddy. We’re daring you not to miss the herring this year. See you on May 10!

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