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Emergency Rule Restricts Berry Brook to Catch-and-Release-Only Fishing

Doug Grout: (603) 868-1095
Nicola Whitley: (603) 271-1740

March 19, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has issued an emergency rule establishing Berry Brook in Rye, NH, as a "catch and release-only" fishing water. The action is being taken because of concern regarding contaminants leaching into the water from the Coakley Landfill site. The presence of perfluorochemicals (PFCs) has been detected in Berry Brook.


The US Environmental Protection Agency under a Quality Assurance and Protection Plan with the Coakley Landfill Group is gathering information to determine any potential health risk associated with consuming fish (stocked or wild) that have been exposed to these contaminants.


The NH Fish and Game Department has been asked to continue to stock brown trout into Berry Brook while these investigations continue.


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