Maine Fish Passage Brings Historic Moment

Maine Fish Passage Brings Historic Moment
Photo: Tom Moffatt/Atlantic Salmon Federation

Thanks to a fish passage constructed in 2013, the current run of spawning alewives marks a historic moment on Maine’s Presumpscot River, according to an article in the Portland Press Herald.

The fish passage at the Sappi paper mill in Westbrook in April 2013. Now, for the second year in more than a century, spawning alewives, shad and blueback herring are able to surmount the Cumberland Mills Dam. When the current run is complete in mid-July, conservationists will be able – thanks to underwater cameras – to count how many of the fish are returning, giving a look at how quickly the species may return to strength.

Read more about the fish passage on the Presumpscot River.