Upcoming Lake Champlain Atlantic Salmon Study

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Upcoming Lake Champlain Atlantic Salmon Study

DEC and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) will be collecting genetic samples from adult Atlantic salmon returning to New York tributaries of Lake Champlain to spawn. Over the last few years, genetically tagged Atlantic salmon fry (young salmon) and smolts (intermediate stage) have been stocked into New York and Vermont rivers so that managers can gain a better understanding of the movement and survival of Atlantic salmon within the Lake Champlain system. The information collected will help determine the success of different stocking strategies and provide insight on the fitness of different strains of Atlantic salmon being stocked. DEC and USFWS staff will collect and examine fish, then release them back into the river where they were captured. Collection efforts will have a minimal effect on recreational fishing, but anglers should be aware of these efforts and avoid nets marked with orange buoys. Fishing tackle can get caught in the nets and impact the ability of the gear to effectively capture fish.

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