The salmon was first declared extinct in the Connecticut River in the early 1800s, and repeated efforts to bring the gleaming silver fish back never met much success.
This year, only 54 fish returned to their spawning grounds. But, anglers and environmentalists held out one last hope — a half-century-long federal effort to restore the Atlantic salmon to the river.
But as Beth Daley, environmental reporter for The Boston Globe reports, that effort has failed.
- Beth Daley, reporter for The Boston Globe
This segment aired on August 6, 2012.