CT River Salmon Restoration Program Not Working

The In-Between Waters of the Trophy Stretch of the Connecticut River near 1st Connecticut Lake, New Hampshire. Photo/Wikimedia

CT.com: Every year, hatchery trucks dump hundreds of thousands of little salmon “fry” into Connecticut River system streams. It’s part of a 4-decades-long attempt to bring back an iconic fish that disappeared from these waters in the early 1800s.

It isn’t working. No one is exactly sure why it’s not working. And, despite the millions of dollars being spent on the program, experts admit it may never work.

Federal officials estimate that, for every 66,000-plus salmon fry (that’s what the babies are called) stocked in Connecticut River Valley waters, a single adult salmon will return from the Atlantic and swim upriver to spawn.

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