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Giving Native River Herring a Second Chance
by Emily Green

Thousands of dams, large and small, built over the last 250 years have cut fish off from freshwater spawning grounds, thwarting reproductive cycles that had been ongoing for eons. The impacts of these dams, on top of pollution, overfishing, and climate change, have led to a drastic decline in river herring populations – threatening their survival.

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Taking On Dams on Maine’s Royal River
by Sean Mahoney

The Royal River runs about 30 miles from its headwaters in New Gloucester, Maine, to its outlet in Casco Bay in Yarmouth. Like many of New England’s coastal rivers, the Royal drove vital economic growth during the region’s industrial era, when dams built along its route harnessed water to power mills, tanneries, and more. While…

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CLF Continues Working to Restore Native River Herring to New England’s Coastal Rivers
by Emily Green

Every year, alewives and blueback herring return to their native waters to spawn. But thousands of dams have cut these fish off from thousands of acres of freshwater bodies, thwarting reproductive cycles that had been ongoing for eons. The impact of these dams, on top of threats from pollution and overfishing, have led to a drastic decline in river herring populations –  threatening their survival.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 31-November 4
by Allison Lorenc

November 1: Fish Talk in the News, Tuesday November 1 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, NOAA Fisheries finalizes river herring and shad catch caps; fishery managers decide to meet with industry members on southern New England lobster plan; scientists say the shutdown of Maine’s shrimp fishery should continue; a Maine kelp…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – October 3-7
by Allison Lorenc

October 3: Will River Herring and Shad Get Another Chance? – This week, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will vote on whether or not to add river herring and shad as a stock in the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. Doing so would provide river herring and shad the protections and rebuilding requirements required by…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org
by Allison Lorenc

March 15 – Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, March 15 – In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, an interfaith meeting on Saturday lends support to designation marine national monuments in New England; North Carolina transfers portions of its 2016 summer flounder commercial quota to more northern states; NOAA announces adjustments to…

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Fishway Opens at Cumberland Mills Dam in Westbrook
by Ivy Frignoca

Do you recognize these fish? They are anadromous alewives, also known as river herring. These small fish leave the ocean and swim upriver to spawn each May and June in Maine ponds and lakes. They provide food and cover for other migrating fish and are a critical part of the food chain in the ocean.…

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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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Tell the National Marine Fisheries Service to Use the Best Available Science to Protect River Herring
by Samantha Caravello

Alewife and blueback herring, collectively known as “river herring,” are a linchpin of the Atlantic ecosystem and key prey species for countless marine and freshwater animals. But today, where millions of these fish once swam, they now number in the thousands, or even mere hundreds. The National Marine Fisheries Service agreed that a “threatened” listing under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted for river herring – click here to send your comments to NMFS and ask them to conduct a comprehensive, scientifically-sound review of the status of river herring and save this important fish.