Atlantic Salmon in the Merrimack


Since prehistoric times, man has always settled near rivers and along their banks.  The economy, but more importantly the very survival of most settlements has been dependent on this resource.  Man has expanded his use of water from drinking, bathing, cooking and fishing to agriculture, navigation and power generation.  The same is true for the New England colonies, with perhaps the only difference being a temporal one.  Within just a few centuries, these colonies have completely manipulated the rivers and their tributaries, in this region, to suit their own needs and to further their development.  There have been many repercussions of this untamed invasion and orchestration of the environment.  What effects have these changing uses in the Merrimack River had on the Atlantic Salmon fishery ?

This paper includes,

    The Merrimack River
    Mills and Dams
    The Atlantic Salmon
    The Salmon Fishery
    Laws and Regulations
    The Restoration Effort
                Present and Future Trends

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