by John Watson
The warm weather seems to finally here, and so are the alewives. The fish counter reported a total of only 95 fish as of April 11. This number puts us well below the totals reported for this time in 2016 and 2015. We’ll see what continued warm weather brings.
There was an interesting update about alewives in the DEEP’s Weekly Diadromous Fish Report of April 3:
“You may recall that a few years ago, there was a petition to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to list the two river herring species (Alewife and Blueback Herring) under the federal Endangered Species Act. After investigating and reviewing the data, NMFS declined to list either species. Last week a court ruled that NMFS must reconsider the decision in respect to Blueback Herring. There has been more data made available in the meantime and NMFS may need to review that information. The ruling was in response to a suit brought by the Pew Foundation and Earthjustice on behalf of stakeholders in Maryland and Delaware, where the species is also in poor condition. I’m sure this will take some time to play out but it will be watched with great interest, particularly here in southern New England where Blueback Herring runs are in really bad shape. On Friday, the DEEP Commissioner extended the total ban on harvesting river herring in Connecticut for another year.”
So, come out to the Supply Ponds and look for the alewives – just don’t catch any!