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Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission Receives High Honor

The Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission received the Conservation Service Award on September 4, 2002. It is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a private group by the United States Department of Interior. The award was presented in recognition of the Commission's outstanding partnerships and contributions to the restoration of Atlantic salmon and environmental health in the Connecticut River Basin.

The award, established in 1951, was presented to Mr. Tom Menard, Massachusetts Public Representative to the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission, at the 61st Annual Departmental Awards Convocation at the Sidney Yates Auditorium located in the Main Interior Building in Washington, DC.

Menard said "I am pleased and humbled to receive national recognition for the important resource conservation work that we, as a Commission, do right here at home. The award recognizes many years of effort to restore runs of salmon and shad and it rightly credits the Commission with catalyzing an entire watershed restoration effort." He said that hatchery stocking, school education programs, collaborative research projects, construction of fishways and removal of dams have resulted in the return of hundreds of thousands of fish, an exciting sport fishery for stripers and shad, and an informed youth that understands their role as stewards of the resource.

 

 

 
Last updated: September 1, 2010
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