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River Herring, Oyster Fishing and Rainbow Smelt Featured in NH Wildlife Journal
CONCORD, N.H. - The wild and scenic Lamprey River could soon be home to one of the strongest river herring runs on the Atlantic seaboard. Herring spend most of their life in the ocean, but migrate into freshwater rivers along the coast to spawn. Find out what's being done to encourage their return in the July/August 2013 issue of NH Wildlife Journal.

Continuing with the coastal theme, the outlook for oysters in the Granite State is an interesting story. Yes, they are being farmed in Great Bay, but New Hampshire also has a recreational oyster fishery with long-standing roots. Here's your chance to find out where the old-timers go to do their "tonging."

Next, get a glimpse into the life of a marine biologist who loves her work monitoring rainbow smelt in the Oyster, Squamscott and Winnicut Rivers. Jessica Carloni relates the boom to bust story of smelt - which were once harvested by the wagonload - and how a region-wide conservation plan aims to bring this rugged little fish back.

In Naturalist's Notebook, learn about the painted turtle (featured on the cover, above right), often seen basking on logs this time of year. Other regular columns include tackle tips for striped bass anglers, a look at a statewide resource for combating invasive plants in your town, and true tales from Fish and Game Conservation Officers in Warden's Watch.

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