Maine Gov. Supports River Access for Alewives

Photo: Tom Moffatt/Atlantic Salmon Federation

Portland Press Herald: Maine’s attorney general said Wednesday (Aug. 8) that Gov. Paul LePage is committed to a controlled reintroduction of alewives to the middle reaches of the St. Croix River but that the state rejects a federal agency’s assertion that it must do so to comply with federal law.

Alewives were effectively shut out of the St. Croix River from 1825 to 1981, first because of impassable dams and later because of pollution from lumber and paper mills. But from 1981 to 1987, their annual run grew thirteenfold to more than 2.6 million.

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