The Connecticut River is the longest river in New England, stretching over 400 miles from the Long Island Sound to the Canadian border. Over 142 species of fish, 14 of which are migratory, call the Connecticut River and it’s tributary streams home.
The Connecticut River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (CTRFWCO) protects, restores and helps manage migratory fish and their habitats in the Connecticut River basin. In particular, restoring river herring (blueback herring and alewife), American shad, American eel, Atlantic sturgeon and shortnose sturgeon are priorities, however, all migratory and resident aquatic species benefit from the work conducted by our office.
We work closely with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC) and the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission (CRASC) to assess the status and health of migratory fish for the protection, restoration and management of these species.
We also work with dam-owners on relicensing hyrdroelectric projects to minimize impacts to the environment and migratory fishes; to improve access to historic spawning areas for migratory fish; and to help dam-owners comply with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) environmental requirements.