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April 29, 2022
Concord, NH – In a ceremony held on April 28, 2022, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s public access site in Newcastle, NH was officially renamed Donald “Swanee” Swanson Saltwater Fishing Access.
Swanson was a board member of the Coastal Conservation Association of New Hampshire (CCANH), past president and lifelong advocate of CCANH’s mission to support policies that protected and conserved marine resources, including educating the public about their rational and sustainable use. Swanson believed that everyone should have access to saltwater resources, and responsible fishing was one of his lifelong passions. Swanson loved the New Hampshire coastline and worked tirelessly on behalf of CCANH and in partnership with New Hampshire Fish and Game to make Goat Island’s saltwater fishing access site a reality. The Donald “Swanee” Swanson Saltwater Fishing Access Area is in one of the most beautiful locations along the Granite State coast, nestled near the back channel of New Castle Island and a short distance from the majestic Piscataqua River. Renaming the access to Goat Island in Swanson’s name offers a meaningful memorial to an individual whose vision, dedication and leadership helped make his existence possible.
New Hampshire Fish and Game’s statewide public boat access program is funded by boat registration fees and federal wildlife and sportfishing restoration funds. Fish and Game’s Facilities Construction and Lands Division acquires land for public water access sites, renovates existing sites, and constructs new public boat access areas. For more information on boating access points in New Hampshire, visit https://wildlife.state.nh.us/access/.