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