Group Hopes to Restore Fish Population on MA River

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries biologist Brad Chase searches for rainbow smelt eggs in the Weweantic River at Horseshoe Mill, a prime spawning area for smelt. Photos/Buzzards Bay Coalition As it stands, fish migrating upstream on [Massachusetts’] Weweantic River to spawn have a 6’ high dam blocking their way to Horseshoe Mill Pond.

As a result, a once massive population of herring and rainbow smelt has become non-existent.

But after obtaining $365,000 in grant money, the Buzzards Bay Coalition hopes that modifying or removing the dam will boost the fish population and return the area to its former, natural glory.

Read about the Buzzards Bay Coalition working to boost the fish population on the Weweantic River.