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Free Talk - River Herring Restoration in the Merrimack River        blueback herring

MANCHESTER, N.H. --Don't miss a free talk on river herring restoration by Matt Carpenter, a Fisheries Biologist from the N.H. Fish and Game Department, with Eric Orff of the National Wildlife Federation, on July 29, 2014, from 7-8 p.m. at the Amoskeag Fishways, 4 Fletcher Street, Manchester, NH.

River herring once migrated up the Merrimack River in incredible numbers. The first legislation to protect a fishery resource in New Hampshire was enacted in the 1700s, protecting the spawning run of river herring in Cohas Brook, a tributary of the Merrimack River. Once an important source of forage for predators, from whales to bald eagles, river herring populations have declined significantly throughout their range.

Until recently, the count of river herring returning to the Merrimack River each spring has numbered less than a thousand.  In this presentation, we will discuss the current river herring restoration plan and what we have learned from past attempts to restore river herring to the Merrimack River since the construction of dams blocked their migration in the 1800s. 

Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, Amoskeag Fishways, and NH Fish and Game Department

For more information, call 603-626-FISH (3474).

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