Herring Return to Maine’s Blackman Stream

Chemo-Pond

Bangor Daily News reports that alewives are returning to Blackman Stream 5 years after a dam was removed and a fishway built, thereby restoring access to Bradley, Maine’s Chemo Pond, where the fish spawn. In 2010, some 6,000 of the herring were stocked in the pond, and began returning in 2014. Roughly 187,000 fish returned last year, and the number this year is over 100,000 so far.

The restocking effort has been so successful that is has spawned a new festival—the Bradley Alewife Festival—which will be held on the grounds of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30.

Read more about the successful restocking of alewives in Blackman Stream and Chemo Pond.