Join Steve Gephard, Connecticut’s Department of Environmental Protection Supervising Fisheries Biologist for his review of significant past and ongoing Connecticut River conservation efforts on November 15 at 7.30 p.m. at the Essex Library.
The talk will provide updates on fish restoration programs but will go beyond that to highlight the many attributes of the Connecticut River. Steve will share his knowledge of the river, natural history facts, and perspectives on the future.Steve Gephard has been on the Connecticut River for over 50 years, beginning as a child swimming in the river at a time when no one really should have been swimming in the river. He has spent the last 30 years working as a fisheries biologist for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, where he currently supervises the Diadromous Fish Program within the Inland Fisheries Division. Throughout his career, he has been involved with the program to restore Atlantic salmon to the river and enhance runs of shad, river herring, eels, and other species. He serves on many regional committees and is appointed as one of three U.S. Commissioners to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization, which regulates harvest of salmon in international waters. In addition to his fish-related duties, Steve is an ardent land conservationist, founder and past-president of the East Haddam Land Trust, and boater on the river.