April 21 – Herring Rally in Rivers but Still Suffer at Sea – On April 6, on Long Island, a video monitor in a special chute of water called a fish passage captured a brief but historic image: the silhouette of an alewife swimming through from the Carlls River to Argyle Lake. A dam built near the near the town of Babylon, NY, had prevented these fish from reaching spawning areas upstream since the 1800s. The little alewife in this picture was the first to swim that route in more than 100 years.
April 24 – Forage Fish: The Oceans’ Little Heroes – Species such as herring, menhaden, and sardines—commonly known as forage fish—make up the menu for much of the wildlife in our ocean. These schooling fish eat tiny plants and animals near the ocean’s surface. In turn, they are eaten by a host of other animals—including larger fish, seabirds, and whales—making them a vital part of the marine food web.
April 25 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, April 25 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, the New England Fishery Management Council meets and passes new herring rules; river herring runs benefit from dam removals; baby lobsters are declining, and lobster catch might soon, too; John Kerry announces a global oceans conference; elver dealers say this season has had a “saner” start; BU partners with Red’s Best; NOAA releases new regulations for commercial and recreational groundfish fisheries.