MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding anglers that Atlantic salmon in the Connecticut River and its tributaries remain a protected species and shouldn't be caught or killed.
A press release says the salmon disappeared from the river in the early 1800s following the building of dams. In 1967, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other state agencies attempted to restore the salmon population in the Connecticut River basin. There efforts have not achieved restoration levels and a stocking program was discontinued in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont in 2013.
“Anglers should know how to identify Atlantic salmon when fishing in these waters,” said Eric Palmer, fisheries director for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “If they happen to catch one, they should put it back in the river immediately.”
The Fish and Wildlife Department says all migrating salmon have a yellow tag attached near their dorsal fin. If the tag is missing, anglers can still differentiate an Atlantic salmon through characteristics such as spotting patterns, coloration, and the shape of fins and mouth parts, which are demonstrated in the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Law Digest or online at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.
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