Salmon restoration event to take place on the Green River on Tuesday, April 28
American Rivers to highlight long-term Green River restoration effortsApril 23rd, 2009
Amy Singler, American Rivers, 413-584-1017
Caitlin Jennings, American Rivers, 202-347-7550 ext. 3100
Greenfield, MA – Over 100,000 young Atlantic salmon will be released by the Massachusetts Division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Green River on Tuesday, April 28th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Reporters and photographers are invited to view the event.
American Rivers staff will be present to discuss long-term restoration efforts on the Green River to benefit Atlantic salmon runs.
Every spring the Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife, in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service organizes the stocking of salmon fry into the Green River from Vermont down into Greenfield. Volunteers release young salmon, called “fry,” from large buckets in small amounts into the river systems and its tributaries.
These young salmon stay in the river for about two years before migrating to the ocean. When the salmon are about four years old, they will return to the rivers to spawn. On average, 10 percent of the returning adult salmon that are tagged and pass the Holyoke Dam every year return to the Green River, highlighting the high quality habitat in the Green River.
To ensure even more salmon are able to use this valuable habitat, American Rivers and partners are also working with Greenfield to restore the river for Atlantic salmon as well as other native river species.
What: Release of young salmon in the Green River
Where: On the Green River Bridge in Leyden
When: Tuesday, April 28th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Reporters and photographers interested in visiting the site and talking to onsite partners and volunteers should contact Amy Singler, 413-584-1017, [email protected].
For more information on the event and Atlantic salmon, please see the Massachusetts Wildlife website at: http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/fisheries/anadromous/salmon_fry_stocking.htm