HADLEY, Mass. (AP) _ The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is ending its 45-year effort to restore the Atlantic salmon to the Connecticut River.

Fish & Wildlife Region 5 Director Wendi Weber said at a Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission meeting on Tuesday that the agency will no longer be reproducing hatchery fish in its New England facilities.

The service for decades has raised salmon fry and smolts at its White River and Eisenhower hatcheries in Vermont to be released to the river each spring.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Weber says the move away from salmon hatchery rearing comes “due to a lack of recovery and the low numbers returning to the river.”

The director said the service’s commitment to restoring the river remains intact.
Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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