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This Week on TalkingFish.org – April 1-5
by Leah Fine

This week on Talking Fish, Peter Shelley explains the dramatic decline of cod and the action that must be taken to save them; volunteer opportunities to help count river herring; Fish Talk in the News has updates on alewives, elvers, and white hake.

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Alewives One Step Closer to Climbing Fish Ladders up the St. Croix!
by Ivy Frignoca

After a full day of vigorous testimony (including supportive testimony from CLF) on March 25, Maine’s Marine Resources Committee today unanimously voted that LD 72, a bill that will reopen the St. Croix River to alewives, ought to pass. This is an excellent outcome. With that strong recommendation, the bill will soon go to the full Legislature…

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An important step forward in restoring alewives to the St. Croix river
by Ivy Frignoca

An important step forward for restoring alewives to the St. Croix river Fishermen, environmentalists, anglers, representatives from the Passamaquoddy tribal government, federal agencies and the Canadian government have spoken: Alewives should be allowed to return to their native St. Croix river. At a legislative hearing Monday, speaker after speaker rose in support of a bill,…

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Saving St. Croix Alewives: Shifting into High Gear
by Sean Mahoney

The effort to restore Alewives to the St. Croix River is about to go into full gear. In addition to our lawsuit challenging the state law that prevents Alewives from getting above the Grand Falls Dam, we are collaborating with other groups and the Passamaquoddy Indian Nation on a legislative solution as discussed in this recent…

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Fish Ladders – A Step Up But Not Always Over
by Sean Mahoney

Fish ladders and elevators “aren’t working like they’re supposed to, and fish aren’t making it to where they need to go.” So began a recent article in Science magazine. In many cases this assertion is spot on – but in others, fish passages have been remarkably successful. Maine has examples of both. To find a…

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Waves of Change: Making a Dam Plan for Fish Habitat
by Hannah Dean

An engineer, a politician, and a fish walk into a dam. The engineer says, “We could have built it bigger.” The politician says, “We should have built it cheaper.” Fish don’t talk, but if they did, they probably would have asked for a ladder. Dams were built in the 18th century to power mills, and…

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Déjà vu all over again on the St. Croix River
by Sean Mahoney

As mentioned in prior posts here and here, CLF’s lawsuit to reopen the St. Croix River to alewives resulted in this letter from EPA agreeing that the Maine Alewife Law violated water quality standards for the St. Croix. Yesterday, the Maine Attorney General responded to that letter here and the response is disappointing to say…

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Alewives in Maine Make Headway on the St. Croix
by Sean Mahoney

Pressure is building to reopen the St. Croix River to the alewife, a critical forage fish. Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a letter adopting the recommendations made in our lawsuit seeking to restore alewives, a key forage and bait fish, to the St. Croix River.