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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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Day of Celebration on the St. Croix
by Sean Mahoney

It’s not often you get the chance to celebrate such a clear victory for the environment as the return of the alewife to the St. Croix River watershed.  As discussed in prior posts, a Maine law prohibiting alewives from accessing this fish ladder at the Grand Falls Dam was repealed this past May and for…

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Alewives Now Able to Swim Freely in The St. Croix: Maine’s Economy, Environment, and People to Benefit
by Sean Mahoney

After 18 years, Maine alewives can finally swim freely into their ancestral habitat. In an event that went largely unnoticed, on Monday, April 22nd, Governor LePage decided not to veto L.D. 72, legislation requires Maine to ensure that the fish ladders on the Woodland Dam and the Grand Falls Dam be reconfigured or operated in such a way that “allows the unconstrained passage of river herring.” The deadline for this action is May 1st.

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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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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.

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – June 4-8
by Emily Long

This week on TalkingFish.org: the third part in an interview series with a NOAA fisheries biologist Mike Palmer; CLF filed a lawsuit against the EPA to restore alewives to the St. Croix River; and a weekly roundup of interesting fish news.