Our mission is conserving and restoring migratory fish and resident aquatic species in the Connecticut River basin, and protecting the lakes, rivers, and wetlands where they live.
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About Us

We are working to restore migratory fish and resident aquatic species in the Connecticut River basin especially river herring (blueback herring and alewife), American shad, American eel, Atlantic sturgeon and shortnose sturgeon. We are also working with dam-owners on relicensing hyrdroelectric projects to minimize impacts to the environment and migratory fishes.

What We Do

The Connecticut River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office works to restore and protect habitat for the migratory fish and resident aquatic species in the Connecticut River basin. We restore important habitat and fish connectivity between streams, rivers and lakes. Our projects improve water quality, help increase abundance of fish, and sustain the economic and recreational benefits derived from fishing and recreating in our public waters.

If you would like to see the Connecticut River migratory fish counts, click here.

Our Organization

The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.
The Fish Passage Program works with local communities on a voluntary basis to restore rivers and conserve our nation’s aquatic resources by removing or bypassing barriers. Our projects benefit both fish and people.
The National Fish Habitat Partnership is a comprehensive effort to treat the causes of fish habitat decline, not just the symptoms. The Partnership is a national investment strategy to maximize the impact of conservation dollars on the ground. Funds are leveraged through regional partnerships to...

Our Species

 

 

 

 

 

  • Alewife
  • American eel
  • American shad
  • Blueback herring
  • Atlantic sturgeon
  • Shortnose sturgeon

Projects and Research

Connecticut River Basin Fishway Passage Counts 

We are monitoring fish populations, cooperating on research studies, removing obstacles to migration, creating fishways so fish can migrate around dams, and boosting dwindling populations with fish from other stable populations.

Our Library

Our staff publish plans, reports and research that is available for viewing. Here is a listing of some recent publications:

Cover of Connecticut River Basin Annual report for 2021 with image of surgical implant of acoustic tag into a Blueback Herring in April of 2021 for the migration and movement study done cooperatively with the United States Geological Survey’s. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center

Executive Summary Federal Aid Project # F-100-R-38 States: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont Project Title: Connecticut River Basin Anadromous Fish Restoration: Coordination and Technical Assistance Period Covered: October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021...

Connecticut River Basin Annual Report 2020 cover page

Aid Project # F-100-R-37 States: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont Project Title: Connecticut River Basin Anadromous Fish Restoration: Coordination and Technical Assistance Period Covered: October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020 This annual report provides an opportunity to...

Connecticut River River Herring Report 2013-2017 cover page

Introduction Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and Blueback Herring (Alosa aestivalis) are anadromous fish species that are collectively referred to as river herring. Blueback Herring are known to range from the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (Canada) southward to the St. Johns River, Florida (...

CRASC Commissioners and Tech cover

Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission

CRACS Commissioners & Tech November 2022

Connecticut River American Shad Plan 2020 cover page

INTRODUCTION The Connecticut River population of American Shad has been cooperatively managed by the basin state and federal fishery agencies since 1967. In that year the “Policy Committee for Fishery Management of the Connecticut River Basin” was formed in response to the passage of the 1965...

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