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ERIC P. ORFF
Certified Wildlife Biologist
Wildlife Author - Wildlife Lecturer - Wildlife Photographer
Non-Lethal Control of Bats since 1983
nhfishandwildlif@aol.com

Fishing

Numbers of river herring returning to fishways on coastal
New Hampshire rivers from 1972 - 2007

YEAR COCHECO RIVER EXETER RIVER OYSTER RIVER LAMPREY RIVER TAYLOR RIVER WINNICUT RIVER ANNUAL TOTAL
1972       2,528   2,528
1973       1,380   1,380
1974       1,627   1,627
1975   2,639   2,882   5,521
1976 9,500   11,777 3,951 450,000 475,228
1977 29,500   359 11,256   2,700++ 43,815
1978 1,925 205 419 20,461 168,256 3,229++ 194,495
1979 586 186 496 23,747 375,302 3,410++ 403,727
1980 7,713 2,516 2,921 26,512 205,420 4,393++ 249,475
1981 6,559 15,626 5,099 50,226 94,060 2,316++ 173,886
1982 4,129 542 6,563 66,189 126,182 2,500++ 206,105
1983 968 1 8,866 54,546 151,100 215,481
1984 477   5,179 40,213 45,600 91,469
1985 974   4,116 54,365 108,201 167,656
1986 2,612 1,125 93,024 46,623 117,000 1,000++ 261,384
1987 3,557 220 57,745 45,895 63,514 170,931
1988 3,915   73,866 31,897 30,297 139,975
1989 18,455   38,925 26,149 41,395 124,924
1990 31,697   154,588 25,457 27,210 238,952
1991 25,753 313 151,975 29,871 46,392 254,304
1992 72,491 537 157,024 16,511 49,108 295,671
1993 40,372 278 73,788 25,289 84,859 224,586
1994 33,140 * 91,974 14,119 42,164 181,397
1995 79,385 592 82,895 15,904 14,757 193,533
1996 32,767 248 82,362 11,200 10,113 136,690
1997 31,182 1,302 57,920 22,236 20,420 133,060
1998 25,277 392 85,116 15,947 11,979 219 138,930
1999 16,679 2,821 88,063 20,067 25,197 305 153,132
2000 30,938 533 70,873 25,678 44,010 525 172,557
2001 46,590 6,703 66,989 39,330 7,065 1,118 167,795
2002 62,472 3,341 58,179 58,605 5,829 7,041 195,467
2003 71,199 71 51,536 64,486 1,397 5,427 194,116
2004 47,934 83 52,934 66,333 1,055 8,044 176,383
2005 16,446 66 12,882 40,026 223 2,703 72,346
2006 4,318 16 6,035 23,471 147 822 34,809
2007 15,815 40 17,402 55,225 <1,000 7,541  

* - Due to damage to the fish trap, fishway became a swim through operation.
+ - Fishway unable to pass fish until modifications in 1997.
++ - Fish netted below and hand passed over Winnicut River dam.

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