Atlantic Salmon, courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife.

New Haven Register: It was a romantic idea and a grand experiment — a vision of thousands of powerful, instinct-driven silver-blue Atlantic salmon once again fighting their way up the Connecticut River and other New England waters to spawn.

Since 1967, Connecticut, working with the federal government, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire, fought to restore the once-native Atlantic salmon population. The goal was for them to return and spawn as they did for thousands of years before pollution and dams caused the salmon to disappear from the river.

But after more than 40 years of stocking millions upon millions of baby salmon hatchlings, or “fry,” in rivers throughout Connecticut and the other states — and after floods during Hurricane Irene wrecked the federal hatchery in Vermont — the U.S. government and Connecticut’s 3 salmon restoration partners have called it quits.

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