The Connecticut River is a habitat to several species of andromous and catadromous fish. Additionally the United States Fish and Wildlife service has repopulated the river with the Atlantic Salmon, which for more than 200 years had been extinct. The fishlift at HG&E’s Robert E. Barrett Fishway helps migrating fish over the dam. It was the first and most successful fish lift on the Atlantic coast.
An anadromous fish is one that is born in fresh water, spends most of its life in the sea and returns to fresh water to spawn. Every spring, usually around late April, the American Shad, Blueback Herring, Sea Lamprey and Atlantic Salmon, migrate upstream in the Connecticut River from their ocean homes to spawn.
A catadromous fish does the opposite of an anadromous fish - it lives in fresh water and enters salt water to spawn. An American Eel is an example of a catadromous fish found in the Connecticut River.
We can preserve the special nature of the Connecticut River by thoughtfully sharing it with the plants and animals that call it home, such as: Shortnose Sturgeon, Yellow Lamp Mussel, Bald Eagle, and The Puritan Tiger Beetle