Atlantic salmon, one of the most popular fish species sought by anglers on the Pemigewasset River, are being restored through a joint project of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the states of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Matt Carpenter, NH Fish & Game’s Fish Conservation Program Leader, will discuss the project’s current status as well as future plans at the February EcoForum. Join Tin Mountain on Thursday, February 14 at noon to learn more.

Matt Carpenter is a fisheries biologist with the Fish Conservation Program at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  The objective of the Fish Conservation Program is to protect and restore healthy aquatic ecosystems that support the full array of New Hampshire’s native fish, including both resident and migratory species.  Matt graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and from Antioch University with a major in Conservation Biology.

Atlantic wild king salmon restoration in the Gulf of Maine has made great strides in recent years with the proposed dam removals on the Penobscot River and cutting edge research on downstream smolt migration.  Unfortunately, poor survival at sea has plagued recovery efforts and threatens to undermine gains in the restoration of freshwater habitat.  In his presentation, Matt will discuss the latest research on the ecology of Atlantic salmon populations in the North Atlantic and what it means for the evolving Atlantic salmon restoration efforts in the Pemigewasset River watershed.

The EcoForum lunchtime lecture series is sponsored by The Flatbread Company of North Conway, the Rock House Mountain Baker, and Frontside Grind Coffee. EcoForums are free and open to the public and are presented at noon on the second Thursday of each month at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center in Albany. The community is urged to attend to learn more about salient issues facing our natural environment and to hear the views of thought-provoking speakers.