Fish

Glass eels in the news

Glass eels in the news

The American eel is a mysterious, extraordinarily interesting, ecologically important and commercially valuable fish (yes fish) that very few people know or think much about. They, like many of our local fish species, appear to be in some serious trouble, but yet seem to attract little attention. While fishing for juvenile "glass eels" is closed in Massachusetts, poachers have continued…
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Herring Count Update

The fishcount is going very well. As of Sunday April 28th, volunteers have performed over 200 individual, ten minute counts and we are not quite half-way through the count season that began April 1. Over the last few years, we had just over 300 counts for the entire season! At this pace we are on track to set a record…
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Counting Herring in the Ipswich River

If you follow ocean fisheries related news in New England, you know about herring and their decline. But how are herring connected to the Ipswich River? Well, there are actually two classes of herring: Atlantic herring that live exclusively in the ocean and river herring (including Blueback herring and alewife) that swim up rivers to spawn in late spring. In…
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The Fish in Your River

Imagine the Ipswich River prior to development and the construction of dams; the river and its tributaries were free flowing, with abundant riffles and pools. The river supported diadromous (migrating between fresh and salt water) fish runs numbering in the millions. The river supported such fish as Alewife and Blueback herring, Rainbow smelt, Atlantic salmon, Striped bass, American shad, Sea…
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The Water Closet, Feb 8, 2013

FISH AND MEN    An old Closeteer and his wife were given a beautiful gift last week. A half-dozen yellow perch shone their wonderful gold and pink-oranges in waning afternoon light. An ice fishing friend brought them directly from their home in Putnamville Reservoir, Danvers. The grateful recipients quickly cleaned the fish with some sadness. Cleaned is a blasphemous verb…
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Herring Migration Documentaries

Shervin A. Arya, an independent filmmaker focused on quality science-based films, is now creating three in-depth films exploring the natural history, latest science and conservation topics surrounding the River Herring migration in eastern Massachusetts. The series presents a comprehensive picture of the natural history of the migration event, highlighting their dilemma and providing insights into the future of the species.…
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The Water Closet, Jan 11, 2013

WATERY STAIRWAY TO THE SEA      A major stream Middletonites call Emerson Brook slowly makes it way from North Reading and North Andover through Middleton to the Ipswich River. Human and beaver dams have made it a stairway with up to mile wide treads and several-foot high risers. When not frozen descent/ascent reminds us of canal locks. The Indians prized…
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New Approach Needed to Restore New England River Herring

From ScienceDaily (Aug. 29, 2012) — "Despite evidence from their recent study that populations of two river herring species are dangerously low, ecologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Stony Brook University say removing dams and adding fishways can still revive alewife and blueback herring numbers in New England and help to restore a long-neglected natural link between marine…
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Culvert Survey Gets Boost from MA Environmental Trust

On August 24th, the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) announced this year's grants for water protection, habitat restoration and education.  We are pleased to report that IRWA's proposal (on behalf of the PIE-r-squared Partnership) to conduct a comprehensive habitat survey of culverts and bridges for the Parker, Ipswich and Essex river watersheds was chosen for funding. This funding will allow us…
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Dam Comes Down!

If you blinked last week, you might have missed a milestone in the effort to restore Ipswich River fish populations. After a couple weeks of weather imposed delays, the crew from SumCo Eco-Contracting began dismantling the Curtis Pond Dam on Tuesday (June 12th). And just like that, after years of preparation, our watershed’s first river restoring dam removal was underway.…
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