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    Salmon-restoration project shifts focus

    After decades of disappointing numbers, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is moving away from its 35-year-old program of releasing millions of baby fish into the Merrimack River watershed in hopes of restoring the state’s Atlantic salmon population. Using eggs from returning salmon, the National Fish Hatchery in Nashua produces millions of juvenile salmon that are stocked in rivers and streams each spring. But New Hampshire is now scaling back hatchery production and shifting the focus to analyzing the potential for natural reproduction in the watershed.