VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP STOCK ATLANTIC SALMON FRY:
MERRMIMACK RIVER WATERSHED & NORTHERN N.H.
CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is looking for volunteers to help stock millions of small salmon fry into both the Merrimack River basin and several rivers and streams in the Upper Connecticut River watershed in northern New Hampshire.
If you can lend a hand with the Merrimack watershed effort, call Vikki Leonard, N.H. Fish and Game Fisheries Division, at (603) 271-2501 or email [email protected]
. Volunteers are needed to release the first wave of fry in the Merrimack River watershed on April 17, 18, 19, 20, 24 and 27. A batch of fry will also will be released in the Merrimack watershed next month, with ten volunteers needed daily on May 2, 3, 8 and 9.
If you can volunteer to help with efforts to stock fry in the Upper Connecticut River watershed, contact Andrew Schafermeyer, N.H. Fish and Game Fisheries Biologist, at (603) 788-3164 or email [email protected]
. There will be five days of stocking in northern New Hampshire. The upper part of the Ammonoosuc River from Bretton Woods down to Littleton will be stocked with the inch-long salmon fry on Thursday, May 4 (meet at Foster's Crossroads Store in Twin Mountain at 10:00 a.m.). The second day of stocking in northern N.H. will be Saturday, May 6 (meeting at the Wal-Mart parking lot in Littleton at 9:30 a.m. and proceed downriver). On Wednesday, May 10, salmon fry will be stocked in the Gale River, Israel River and the Little River (meeting at Foster's Crossroads Store at 10:00 a.m.). On Thursday, May 11, the Wild Ammonoosuc River will be stocked (meet at the Wildwood Picnic Area on Route 112 in Easton at 9:30 a.m.) On Monday, May 15, Nash Stream will be stocked (meet
at the N.H. Fish and Game regional office in Lancaster at 10:30 a.m.).
State and federal fisheries personnel, conservation organizations such as Trout Unlimited and other interested citizens perform the stocking. Volunteers carry the inch-long salmon fry to release points along rivers and streams in the watershed. They should be prepared for an all-day commitment and rigorous walking with buckets of water and fish. Waders, hip boots or old sneakers are recommended footwear for stocking. You may get wet, so bring extra socks and sweatshirts, etc. Stocking will take place rain or shine. Pack a lunch and drinking water, waders or hip boots and be prepared to spend the whole day on the river.
The stocking of salmon fry plays a vital role in restoring runs of salmon to New Hampshire's waterways. Fry released in these river systems and their tributaries stay in the rivers for about two years before migrating to the ocean. When the salmon are about four years old, they will try to return to these rivers to spawn.
For New Hampshire fisheries and fishing information, visit http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/fishing.htm