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U.S. Geological Survey Recognizes Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission

The Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission was selected by the U.S. Geological Survey as an "Ambassador for Science" in recognition of the Commission’s significant contributions to scientific knowledge and use.

Mr. Tom Menard, Massachusetts Public Representative to the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission, accepted the award from Mr. Charles Groat, USGS Director, at a ceremony held on April 27, 2001 in Reston, Virginia.

Photo of Tom Menard accepting the award from Charles Groat - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo of Tom Menard accepting the award from Charles Groat - Credit: USFWS

The Citation follows:

The Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission (CRASC) is an interstate compact formed by the Consent of Congress in Public Law 98-138 in 1983. The CRASC is a ten member Commission represented by two members each from the States of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont and two federal members, the regional directors of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The Commission incorporated the state and federal fishery management agency representatives of the former Policy Committee for Restoration of Anadromous Fish to the Connecticut River Basin, and oversees restoration programs for Atlantic salmon and other anadromous species within the Connecticut River. Article I of the Compact legislation specifically charges the Commission to " . . . promote restoration…by the development of a joint interstate program for stocking, protection, management, research, and regulation."

Research needs are identified through a Technical Committee established under the provisions of Article VII. The Technical Committee has specifically requested participation by USGS scientists, primarily from Leetown Science Centers' Conte Anadromous Fish Research lab in Turners Falls, MA. The importance and value of this science has resulted in the Commission sponsoring a one-day conference every other year to display and discuss the science to a broader array of resource managers and the academic community. Typically, Leetown Science Center researchers, particularly from the Conte lab represent 60% or more of the presentations at this conference. Consequently, not only does the Commission rely heavily on USGS science to guide its restoration program, but has taken the initiative to provide a forum for its wider dissemination.

 

 

 
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