By 2025, Maine will achieve restoration of the majority of its historic 41 active alewife runs with municipal rights to fish, nearly doubling the number of active runs through a tremendous collaborative effort over a decade. Maine’s alewife numbers will increase, adding more sustainable harvests as improved fish passage effects are realized across the state, especially in the Kennebec, Penobscot and St. Croix. The growing alewife fishery will be sustainably managed by harvesters, municipalities, marine scientists, and citizen stewards in cooperation with state and federal governments. New marketing, processing and distribution systems will spring up that handle an annual surge and meet demands for alewife as a sustainably caught bait source and seafood product. Download Word Doc – 2014 – 2015 Implementation PLan
The purpose of the Alewife Harvesters of Maine is to encourage and promote conservation, habitat restoration, and unimpeded passage; to promote sustainability in harvest plans; and to encourage community-based management plans that ensure the health of the alewife and blueback herring runs, so that they can be harvested annually. Download Word Doc – 2014 – 2018 Strategic Plan
It’s time for the Alewife Harvesters of Maine annual meeting!
Where: 40th Annual Maine Fishermens Forum
The Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine
When: Saturday, March 7th, 2015 10:30 am
Hope to see you there! March 7th will be all day river directed fisheries.
10:45 to 11:00 AM Business Meeting
11:00 to 12:00 PM Strategic Plan Introduction: Dr. Theo Willis, USM Aquatics
12:00 to 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 to 1:15 PM Scale Sample Results: Nate Gray, MDMR Representative
1:15 to 1:45 PM Bycatch in the Herring Fleet: David Bethany, SMAST Representative
1:45 to 2:00 PM Alewife Harvesters Results for 2013-2014 Karen H Bieluch Dartmouth Collage
2:00 to 2:15 PM St. Croix update: Ed Bassett, Passamaquoddy Rep.
2:15 to 2:30 PM Break
2:30 to 3:00 PM American Eel Listing and Updates: Mitchell Feigenbaum, AESA
Time spilt with DR Theo Willis USM Aquatics
3:00 to 3:15 PM State of River Smelts in Maine: MDMR
3:15 to 3:30 PM Break
3:30 to 3:50 PM Update on Passage and dam issues: Dwayne Shaw, Downeast Salmon Federation and
Landis Hudson, Maine Rivers
3:50 to 4:05 pm Benoit Cormier Alewifes from New Brunswick to Haiti.
4:05 to 4:30 PM Open Forum and Questions
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.
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