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Josh Royte of The Nature Conservancy holds up a juvenile alewife at a project improving fish access.
Credit: USFWS

Alewives heading up Maine's St. Croix River for first time in 22 years

This week marks a big leap in the lives of river herring of the St. Croix River. For the first time in 22 years, alewives will pass the Grand Falls Dam to return to spawn in high-quality lakes upstream. A new state law, LD 72, An Act to Open the St. Croix River to River Herring, required the removal of a wooden obstruction blocking fish from passing Great Falls Dam. "Restoration of these fish has been a priority for the Service, beginning with the establishment of Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in 1930s, continuing through the funding of fishways in 1963, and most recently with the monitoring of the fish run at Milltown Dam,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Regional Director Wendi Weber. "We look forward to more opportunities to advance these efforts.”

Other efforts to restore alewives in Maine

Published on: Monday, May 13,2013

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