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NH: Volunteers needed to help stok Atlantic Salmon fry

CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is
looking for volunteers to help stock millions of inch-long salmon
fry (young salmon) into the Merrimack River basin, several rivers
and streams in the Upper Connecticut River watershed in northern
New Hampshire, and the Monadnock region of southwestern New
Hampshire’s Connecticut River watershed.

The stocking plays a vital role in restoring runs of salmon to
New Hampshire’s waterways. Fry released in these river systems and
their tributaries stay and grow 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.

See a short video of past fry stocking activities in New
Hampshire at

MERRIMACK RIVER: If you can lend a hand with the Merrimack
watershed effort, call Vikki Leonard, N.H. Fish and Game Inland
Fisheries Division, at 603-271-2501 or email Please leave your name, home address and
email address, telephone number and which days you might be
available. This year, volunteers will release nearly 300,000 salmon
fry in the Merrimack River watershed on April 26 (Baker River), 28
(Beebe River), and May 5 (upper Pemigewasset River). Approximately
14 volunteers are needed for each day of stocking.

UPPER CONNECTICUT RIVER: More than half a million salmon fry
will be stocked in northern New Hampshire. 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 for meeting times and places.
There will be opportunities for six days of volunteer stocking
(including one Saturday) in the Upper Connecticut River watershed
during the end of April and first week of May.

On Friday, April 29, the Ammonoosuc River will be stocked from
Bretton Woods downstream to Littleton (meet at Foster’s Crossroads
Store in Twin Mountain at 10:00 a.m.). On Saturday, April 30,
efforts will continue on the Ammonoosuc (meet at the Wal-Mart
parking lot in Littleton at 9:30 a.m.) Nash Stream will be stocked
on Monday, May 2 (meet at N.H. Fish and Game’s Region 1 Office in
Lancaster at 10:30 a.m.). The Mohawk River will be stocked on
Tuesday, May 3 (meeting 10:30 a.m. at Fish and Game’s Region 1
Office in Lancaster or 12:00 p.m. at the Colebrook Post

On Wednesday, May 4, 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 Friday, May 6, the Wild
Ammonoosuc River will be stocked (meet at the Wildwood Picnic Area
on Route 112 in Easton at 9:30 a.m.).

MONADNOCK REGION: Over half a million Atlantic salmon fry are
also stocked each spring in the Monadnock region in southwestern
New Hampshire’s Connecticut River watershed. Additional volunteers
are not generally needed for this effort, which involves seven days
of stocking in late April and May. The contact for stocking in this
area is Gabe Gries, Fisheries Biologist, N.H. Fish and Game, at
(603) 352-9669 or

Many individuals and groups take part in the fry stocking
effort, including state and federal fisheries personnel,
conservation organizations such as Trout Unlimited, and other
interested citizens. 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 heavy 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 clothing layers, 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.

For more information about the Anadromous Fish Restoration
Program in New Hampshire, which is funded by Federal Aid in Sport
Fish Restoration, visit

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of
the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.


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