The Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission (CRASC) was established by Congress in 1983, and reauthorized in 2002 for another 20 years through the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Compact (Public Law 98-138). There are ten Commissioners, representing natural resource agencies in four states, two federal agencies, and governor appointed members representing the public from each state. See names of Commissioners below. The Commissioners review the status of migratory fishes and their habitats, and identify management actions necessary for restoring migratory fish in the Connecticut River basin. They are advised by scientific and technical committees that include experts from each of the four states and federal agencies, as well as experts from the US Forest Service and the Connecticut River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office.

The technical committees evaluate the status of American shad, alewife, blueback herring, and endangered sturgeons, and make recommendations to the Commissioners for improving fish populations, fish passage fish passage
Fish passage is the ability of fish or other aquatic species to move freely throughout their life to find food, reproduce, and complete their natural migration cycles. Millions of barriers to fish passage across the country are fragmenting habitat and leading to species declines. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Fish Passage Program is working to reconnect watersheds to benefit both wildlife and people.

Learn more about fish passage
, and fish habitat. The commissioners and technical committees meet twice a year in spring and fall. The public is invited to all meetings. Contact Ken Sprankle ( to be placed on an email list for notification of meetings. 

Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commissioners


Kyla Hastie - Acting Regional Director, Northeast Region, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Michael Pentony - Regional Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries


Andrew Fisk - Bureau Chief, Natural Resources, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Thomas Chrosniak III - Public Sector Representative (Governor appointed), Connecticut River Salmon Association


Mark Tisa - Director, Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife
Vacant - Public Sector Representative (Governor appointed), Connecticut River Conservancy

New Hampshire

Scott R. Mason - Executive Director, New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game
Donald McGinley - Public Sector Representative (Governor appointed)


Christopher Herrick - Commissioner, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
David Deen - Public Sector Representative, (Governor appointed)

CRASC Commissioners and Technical Committee Members, April 2023.pdf

CRASC Commissioners and Technical Committee Members

Since 1967, our office has worked with local environmental groups, private industry, and state and federal agencies to restore migratory fish in the Connecticut River basin. This collaboration continues and is focused on the long-term health of the Connecticut River.



USFWS Connecticut River Basin Annual Report - 2021

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...

USFWS Connecticut River Basin Annual Report - 2020

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 American Shad Plan 2020

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...

Public Law 98-138 cover page


97 STAT. 866 PUBLIC LAW 98-138-OCT. 28, 1983 Public Law 98-138 98thCongress

An Act

To grant the consent of the Congress to an interstate...

Juvenile Northern Pike in aquarium at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery, South Dakota
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.