The Central New England Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office protects and restores migratory fish and their habitats in the rivers of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and southern Maine. Much of our work occurs in the Merrimack River basin, which extends from the White Mountain region of New Hampshire to east-central Massachusetts.
Restoring river herring (blueback herring and alewife), American shad, American eel, Atlantic salmon, sea lamprey and striped bass are priorities for us, however, all migratory and resident aquatic species benefit from the work conducted by our office.
We work closely with other federal and state government agencies, watershed groups, fishing clubs and landowners to improve fish passage up and down rivers, and restore healthy stable rivers.
We also work closely with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to assess the status and health of migratory fish, and make recommendations for their protection, restoration and harvest.
And we work on relicensing hyrdroelectric projects to improve access to historic spawning areas for migratory fish, and to ensure compliance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) environmental requirements.