2017 Annual Meeting Summary

Thank you to all who made the 2017 River Herring Network annual meeting a success!

Seventy three (73) people attended the 7th annual meeting on November 2, 2017 at the Sandwich Town Hall. Participants represented 21 towns, 9 environmental organizations, 5 state and federal agencies, 1 County agency, & 2 academic institutions. We also had students from Umass Amherst and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with us. Thank you to the AmeriCorps volunteers and Umass Amherst students who helped with set up, clean up, and the breakout discussions. Thank you to the Town of Sandwich staff for being excellent hosts.

Six speakers gave presentations on a range of topics such as Division of Marine Fisheries management updates, the recent re-construction of the Mill Creek fish ladder by the Town of Sandwich with Community Preservation Act funds, research on how best to sample juvenile river herring in ponds, lessons learned from video and Smith Root electronic counting efforts, crowd sourcing the counting of video data, and an overview of herring population numbers in MA and the New England region.

After the meeting, 11 people joined Town of Sandwich staff for a tour of the Upper Shawme Pond fish ladder.

The powerpoint presentations,photos from the meeting, are available on the website at:

Also, thanks to Art Egerton from Pembroke, video of the meeting can be accessed on the Pembroke Town News You Tube Channel at


Agenda for 2017 Annual Meeting - November 2

Click to download a pdf of the agenda:2017 RHN Annual Meeting -Revised Agenda

The 7th Annual Meeting of the River Herring Network will take place on Thursday, November 2 from 9:30AM-3:00PM at the Sandwich Town Hall on 130 Main St. Sandwich 02563.

Registration is FREE thanks to support from the MA Division of Marine Fisheries, Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, Woods Hole Sea Grant, the Cape Cod Conservation District, and the Town of Sandwich.

The day features 6 presentations on topics that members suggested and prioritized, a group discussion period, and an afternoon field trip to the Shawme Pond conservation land and fish ladder. Coffee and muffins will be available in the AM and a pizza lunch will be provided at noon.

Parking is available around the Town Hall and is free. Click here for a map:Parking for 2017 RHN Annual Meeting

If you need assistance getting to the building, please include a note when you RSVP.
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NMFS initiates status review of bluebacks and alewife

Several news stories and radio programs announced yesterday and today that the National Marine Fisheries Service will initiate a review of alewife and blueback herring under the Endangered Species Act.  The document with all the details - the August 15, 2017 edition of the Federal Register - can be downloaded from the link below.

Federal Register - August 15-2017

Abby Archer


Two MA dam removal projects are awarded funding from NOAA

Two projects in Massachusetts have been awarded 2017 Community-based Restoration Program Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants through the NOAA Habitat Conservation office.

The full list of projects can be viewed on the NOAA Habitat Conservation website at:

Holmes Dam Removal ($1,500,000): This project, in partnership with the Town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, will remove a 16-foot high, 275-foot-long high-hazard dam and a bridge in poor condition. This will open access for river herring to spawning habitat, leading to a predicted increase in the fish run of 200,000 additional fish. The removal will also protect surrounding infrastructure and will reduce flood vulnerability during extreme weather events by increasing floodplain storage volume.

Monatiquot River Restoration Project ($100,000): This project, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, will complete engineering and design for the removal of the Armstrong and Ames Pond Dams on the Monatiquot River. Removal of these dams will restore unimpeded access to 36 miles of river corridor for river herring and American eel. Dam removal will also eliminate any risk of dam failure and potential damage to surrounding infrastructure.

Restoring Passage for Alewife and Atlantic Salmon in the Upper Narraguagus River Watershed ($154,000): This project, in partnership with Project SHARE, will replace six culverts in the upper Narraguagus River watershed in coastal Maine, where restoring access to cold-water tributaries is a top priority for recovery of Endangered Species Act-listed Atlantic salmon. This project will restore fish passage to approximately 18 stream miles and improve access to nearly 300 acres of important spawning and rearing habitat for Atlantic salmon, alewife and American eel.

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