Video Celebrates River Herring in Warren, RI
October 3, 2013
Somewhere out in the Atlantic, past untold dark depths and miles of deserted ocean, a humble silver fish with a troubled past is waiting to return home to Warren [Rhode Island].
River herring [alewives and bluebacks] were once thick in the waters of upper Narragansett Bay and the Kickemuit River. An important part of the bay’s ecology, they were common before a host of factors, including the construction of a dam at Child Street some 130 years ago, broke one of the main chains in their life and breeding cycle. But for the past several years, biologists and local conservationists have been working to restore their place in the Rhode Island ecosystem.