MA Group Seeks Herring Counters

Photo courtesy Jones River Landing.

The 7th annual Jones River herring count, sponsored by the Jones River Landing Environmental Center (JRLEC) in Kingston, Massachusetts, starts today.

Organizers still need help filling counting spots. The counting program runs from April 1 through Tuesday, May 31, with the goal of monitoring this dramatically declining fish population in order to protect the existing fish, help educate the public about the seriousness of the situation and estimate their potential for comeback as obstacles to their migration and spawning such as the Wapping Road Dam are removed.

Volunteers are needed for 3 time periods a day, with 3 shifts per time period, 7 days a week, to count the fish as they move up the fish ladder at the Elm Street Dam in Kingston. Shifts are for 10- minute intervals, and can be done anytime between 7:00 to 11:00 am; 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm.

The JRLEC is able to accommodate any volunteers’ availability for this project, whether daily, weekly or one time only. Training just takes a few minutes and can be done at your convenience.

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