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Alewives "running"

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These fish spend most of their lives at sea and return to rivers to spawn. In Maine populations have suffered since the extensive damming of rivers for power of the last couple o' hundred years. At Damariscotta (the river of little fish) there is an old "fish ladder" which allows the fish to make it past the dam. It is part way through extensive renovation (see http://www.damariscottamills.org/)

Anyway, I popped up there this afternoon to see a friend and we took a look. Wrong lens/bit dark and raining mean some rubbish pics but you can see the fish at least. Loads of birds: hundreds of herring gulls and a swarm of osprey.
11th May 2009, 01:24   | tags:,,,,

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swamprose says:

I have this big grin.

I lived in Trenton, just before the bridge to Mt Desert Island for 7 years. In spring, I used to watch the eagles mate overhead.

All the alewives I knew got to be rotted as bait for lobsters.

I miss Maine, even rotten alewives. You are making me very happy.

16th May 2009, 21:07

boglog says:

That is the fate of most of those caught. People eat them a bit, smoked, for the novelty value mostly, those I've asked say they aren't too good.

I live in Boothbay Harbor btw

16th May 2009, 21:22

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