Volunteers sought: The NSRWA is counting on you to help river herring 3-6-14

Volunteers Sought:The NSRWA is counting on you to help river herring
Posted Mar. 6, 2014 @ 3:11 pm
Updated Mar 6, 2014 at 4:38 PM
Wicked Local Norwell

The North & South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) is seeking volunteers from April 1 through May 31 to count herring. The counting will be done seven days a week, six to nine times a day total at four different locations.

Volunteers are sought that can commit to doing 10 minute counts, ideally several times a week, during a specific time period, at one of the sites. The sites are the South River at Veteran's Memorial Park fish ladder in Marshfield, the First Herring Brook at the Old Oaken Bucket fish ladder in Scituate, the Herring Brook at Upper Mill Pond fish ladder in Pembroke and the Third Herring Brook Norwell/Hanover.

The time slots will be between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mandatory training sessions (volunteers will only need to attend one) will be held on the following dates:
Tuesday, March 11, at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, March 19 at 11 a.m.
Thursday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 25 at 11 a.m.
Thursday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m.

To get involved, please contact Sara Grady at 781-659-8168 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information and the schedule, visit Please register for training at least 24 hours in advance, as the location will vary.

Why count herring?
Herring populations have been declining in coastal streams for a variety of factors including an inability to get to their spawning grounds due to dams or non operational fish ladders. The herring are important because they are a crucial link in the coastal food chain. They are a source of food for striped bass, blue fish, osprey, herons and other coastal species. This study will help evaluate the health of our herring populations and identify problems that impede their ability to reach the upper reaches of the rivers and tributaries to spawn.

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