Long Island Alewife Study Seeks Volunteers

Photo: Tom Moffatt/Atlantic Salmon Federation
Photo: Tom Moffatt/Atlantic Salmon Federation

The Long Island Volunteer Alewife Survey, organized by Seatuck, the Long Island Sound Study and NY-DEC, is seeking volunteers to help find tributaries on Long Island where remnant runs of alewives and river herring still exist.

Participants in the survey are asked to commit to surveying a local tributary from mid-March through mid-May. The survey protocol involves visiting a neighborhood river or stream and spending 15 minutes looking for alewives or signs of their presence. The visits can occur daily, weekly or as often as possible. Observations and information from the survey visit is then submitted through a simple on-line observer data form and automatically becomes part of the study.

A series of training workshops will be held in various Long Island towns for interested parties:

  • Tuesday, March 4, 5-6 p.m.; Northport-East Northport Public Library. More information
  • Thursday, March 6, 6-7 p.m. – NYS DEC – Bureau of Marine Resources. More information
  • Saturday, March 8, 12-1 p.m. – Suffolk County Community College, Eastern Campus, Riverhead. More information
  • Tuesday, March 11, 6-7 p.m. – Suffolk County Environmental Center, Islip. More informaton