Ever want to eat an Alewife? Ever want to learn more about this amazing fish? Come to the Eating With The Alewives dinner on Friday, May 16th at the Benton Grange Hall for a truly unique experience.

The dinner will feature Alewives fresh from the Sebasticook River (smoked, chowder, and fried!!!). Cost for the dinner is $12. This includes: 1 Lobster, Alewives cooked various ways, 1 baked potato, 1 vegetable, and drinks. After the dinner attendees will have the opportunity to listen to and ask questions from experts who have a vast array of experiences with Alewives in Maine. Featured speakers are: Nate Gray (Maine Department of Marine Resources), Jeff Pierce (Alewife Harvesters of Maine), Rick Lawrence (Benton Alewife Warden), Doug Watts (Author of “Alewife”).

The dinner will take place at the Benton Grange Hall (29 River Road, Benton) on Friday, May 16th. The dinner will go from 5-6:30 PM followed by the guest speakers. Cost for the dinner is $12. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased in advance at the Benton Town Office or by contacting Diane Hebert at 453-2292.

If you would like to enter your own Alewife Chowder for this dinner as part of the Benton Alewife Festival Chowder Contest, please contact Diane Hebert also.

The Benton Alewife Festival (BAF) will take place the following day on Saturday, May 17th. The BAF will feature a Mile Long Yard/Crafters Sale, Free Batting Cages and Mini-Golf at the Benton Family Fun Park, Free Tours of the Benton Dam Fish Lift, and much more.

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Official Flyer For Benton Festival

We hope to see you there for a fun and educational day!!
2013 Alewife Flyer

Benton 2nd Annual Alewife Festival

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.
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Annual AHOM Meeting @ Fishermans Forum Presentations

Kennebec River Watershed Anadromous Fish Restoration

Maine Alewife Genetics & Demographics

River Herring (alewife and blueback herring) petition and NOAA Fisheries response

Assessing the Sustainability of Maine’s River Herring Runs

Summary of Alewife Harvesters Focus Groups

2013 Annual Maine Fisherman’s Forum Meeting

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 &
Project History.

9:45-10:30 Jamie Cournane, PhD, UNH: Summary of Alewife Workshops & Questions.

10:30-10:45 Break

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

Request For Alewife Harvesters To Provide Knowledge

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
Community Center
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

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Passamaquoddy chiefs declared a state of emergency for the St. Croix alewife

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

Amendment 5 – Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan

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.

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