North Atlantic Regional Water Resources Study. Appendix O. Fish and Wildlife.
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The 2.4 million acres of streams, lakes and impoundments within the North Atlantic Region are capable of satisfying 108 million man-days of use provided public access is secured to this habitat. Although the on-going programs for access acquisition are attempting to provide for the recreational fishing requirements, these programs are inadequate to keep abreast of the rapidly growing demands. It will, therefore, be necessary to substantially augment these on-going programs. It would appear that the foregoind developable capability would be sufficient to provide for the demands of the fresh-water fishermen through the year 2020. Such, however, is not the case. This is because fishing pressure is not distributed equally among the fishery resource types e.g. cold-water and warm-water streams, cold-water and warm-water lakes. Increased habitat is, therefore, required by the year 2000. The re-establishment of migratory runs of anadromous fish to their former spawning grounds has long been recognized as a great potential addition to the Regions sport and commercial fisheries. Although on-going programs have tended to reduce the discrepancy between supply and demand, these programs also are not adequate to provide for the total needs. Augmentation of existing programs is, therefore, required. Alleviation of pollution, incorporation of fish passage facilities, removal of obsolete dams, regulation of stream flows, provisions for fishermen access facilities, improvement of habitat, construction of fish hatcheries, and stocking programs will all require acceleration.
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