We hope to see you there for a fun and educational day!!
2013 Alewife Flyer
Mark your calendars – the Benton Alewife Festival has been re-scheduled from May 4th to MAY 18th! The second annual Benton Alewife Festival will be a day-long celebration of Benton’s alewife fishery with a family-oriented fun day at various locations throughout the town.
Get The Details – Benton Festival
9:00-9:15 Introduction of Board – Treasurer’s Report – Election of Two Officers, Jake Kritzer and Theo Willis would like to be re-elected.
9:15-9:45 Nate Gray, from DMR; Presentation of The Kennebec River Restoration &
9:45-10:30 Jamie Cournane, PhD, UNH: Summary of Alewife Workshops & Questions.
10:45-11:15 Claire Enterline, DMR: Presentation of 2011-2012 scale sample results and what they mean.
11:15-11:30 Theo Willis, PhD, USM; Report on genetic studies and distinct Alewife populations.
11:30-11:45 Tara Trinko-Lake, NOAA; Update on the NOAA ESA Listing.
11:45-12:00 Open Questions
Dear Alewife Harvester-
We are researchers at The University of New Hampshire (UNH). Our research includes collecting information from alewife fishers in the US and Canada. The title of our research study is: Designing a Trans-boundary Co-Management Strategy for the River Herring/Gaspereau Fishery.
Your participation is vital to our success. The direct benefit of this research will be the collection of your knowledge in order to provide an important baseline understanding of alewife fisheries in Maine.
|Saturday, January 12||Saturday, January 19||Saturday, January 26|
|1-4 PM||1-4 PM||1-5 PM|
|East Machias Town Office|| Charlie L. Yeo East Brook
|Town of Warren Office|
|32 Cutler Road||959 East Brook Road||167 Western Road|
|East Machias, ME 04630||East Brook, ME 04634||Warren, ME 04864|
Yesterday, the three Passamaquoddy chiefs declared a state of emergency for the St. Croix alewife and asked either the Legislature or the IJC to overturn Maine’s St. Croix alewife law. For the first time, the Passamaquoddy tribe is united in support of restoring alewives. Read the emergency declaration signed by all three chiefs and a very recent letter to the IJC from Chief Cleaves of Pleasant Point to the IJC.
Declaration of State of Emergency
Chief Cleaves to IJC
Video – Passamaquoddy Group Calls For Restoration of St. Croix River
I am writing to submit comments on Amendment 5 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan from the Alewife Harvesters of Maine (AHM). AHM is a 501(c)(6) organization dedicated to preserving river herring (alewife primarily, but also blueback herring) runs and the heritage of alewife fisheries across the state of Maine. Amendment 5 is of great interest to our organization as it represents the first significant attempt to manage interactions between the oceanic fishery for Atlantic herring and the in-river fisheries for river herring. AHM has a philosophy of partnership and willingness to work with any stakeholder interested in sustainable fisheries. We believe that the Atlantic herring fishery is important in the region, both for herring fishermen and lobstermen (who are also the primary customers of our harvesters), and that the two herring fisheries can sustainably co-exist.
River herring fisheries are now held to a high standard of sustainability following passage of Amendment 2 to the ASMFC’s Shad and River Herring Interstate Management Plan. The burden of proof for sustainability has shifted to river herring harvesters along the coast, and we must now demonstrate adequate stock status, monitoring and management in order for harvest to persist. Conversely, harvest of river herring by the Atlantic herring fleet is unmanaged, and Amendment 5 presents our first opportunity to rectify that imbalance.
Our (the AHM board’s) comments are meant to apply to and hopefully influence decisions regarding river herring that persist inside Maine’s borders. Those fish that spawn here, are harvested here and managed here are our primary concern. We recognize that there are difficulties with river herring populations in other states and provinces north and south of Maine, but those circumstances do not necessarily influence the Maine sub-population.
We encourage NOAA-NMFS not to list Maine river herring as threatened. Conservation is working in Maine. River herring populations are large and growing in almost all cases with the Kennebec River as the jewel of restoration efforts in Maine. At least a million fish were passed over Benton Falls Dam into upstream spawning habitat in each of 2009, 2010 and 2011. Read More – AHoM_ESA letter