Boating and Fishing

Keeping our lakes, rivers and coastal waters clean is vital for both the environment and our recreational use.

Boating and fishing are not only enjoyable pastimes; they are also extremely important contributors to the New Hampshire economy. These activities have the potential to negatively impact the environment (such as the dumping of sewage) and to be negatively affected by adverse environmental conditions (such as the presence of milfoil or harmful bacteria).

Boat Pumpouts

The Clean Vessel Act program promotes the use of boat wastewater pumpouts through education, grants and the mobile pumpout boats.

Invasive Species

The Invasive Species Program focuses on activities related to aquatic invasive species that are a threat to New Hampshire’s freshwater systems.

Mercury in Fish

When released into the environment, mercury accumulates in sediments at the bottom of waterbodies and enters the food chain through fish.

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Fish and shellfish are an important part of a healthy diet. However, there are potential health risks associated with eating fish with elevated levels of mercury. 

Harvesting Shellfish

The Shellfish Program works to ensure public health protection for consumers of locally harvested shellfish and to facilitate the a commercial shellfish industry in the state.