"Run Herring Run" Super Hero Comic - Call for Orders

Run Herring Run!

In 2014 the Herring Ponds Watershed Association (HPWA) was awarded a small New England Grassroots Environment Fund grant to create and print a trial run of a super hero comic titled, "Run, Herring, Run". HPWA is an all-volunteer organization in Plymouth that focuses on monitoring, stewardship and protection of a relatively healthy and unobstructed river herring run in a state-designated Area of Critical Environmental Concern.

Last year we printed the graphic storybooks just in time for Plimoth Plantation's first annual Herring Run Festival, and also distributed them at the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance "Pine Fest", and in conjunction with various kid activity tables that we hosted through the summer. The publication was popular with both kids and their parents. We'd like to order more for the 2015 herring migration season and invite others to join our print order to get quantity pricing.

The 5 MB print-ready PDF file of the comic is available for viewing or download on our HPWA website, where we freely give copyright permission to non-profit groups for herring education, but it takes the power of numbers to make printing cost-effective.

The key to print pricing is to boost the quantity high enough (20,000+) to justify set-up and running on a web press, reducing the price per copy to about 5-cents. We hope to collectively gather $1000 in commitments to place an order for 20,000 copies, and then divvy up proportionately. We have several groups interested so far. If your group could use 2000 copies ($100 worth) or more to give out at events, let me know quickly. We have $700 (14,000 copies) to go to place the print order. Time is of the essence to print, ship, and distribute to participating organizations for some of the earliest runs, starting soon.

In Plymouth we have about 2500 K-5 students, so HPWA might consider increasing our share of the order to provide every elementary student a copy at school during the herring run season, in April-May. Herring run stewards in other towns might consider the same strategy.

If your group is interested, please contact me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you,
Lee Pulis, VP & Education chair
Herring Ponds Watershed Association


Middleborough Herring Run Festival - April 11&12

Second Annual Herring Run Festival in Middleborough

April 11&12 at Oliver Mill Park  10:00AM to 4:00PM

Watch river herring migrate up the Nemasket River while enjoying a festival of food, music, vendor booths, face painting, a beer garden and more!  Visit educational displays by the local herring commission, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and other conservation groups to learn about the herring run, its history, and ongoing conservation efforts.

There is plenty of free parking at the nearby KOA and there will be shuttle buses to the park.

For information call: 508-728-6463
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Highest attendance at an Annual Meeting so far!

Sixty one people attended the fourth annual meeting of the River Herring Network on October 30, 2014 in Plymouth at the Public Library. Participants represented 18 towns, 1 Tribe, 5 state agencies, the federal agency NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, and 5 non-profit organizations. Two representatives of the Massachusetts Bays Program also attended.

Four speakers gave power point presentations on DMF's efforts to monitor herring passage using video, updates on local, state, and federal efforts to manage river herring populations, how otoliths (ear bones) and genetics are being used to determine habitat use, and origin of river herring that are caught as bycatch in the Atlantic Herring fishery, and how to maintain passage for river herring while also preserving habitat features for other species. The meeting also featured a panel discussion with three town herring wardens about stream clearing. Approximately 25 people also participated in a field trip to view fish passage and dam removal projects along Town Brook in Plymouth.

The powerpoint presentations and notes and photos from the meeting are available at the link below.

If you have ideas for activities you would like to see happen in 2015, or would like to join the River Herring Network Steering Committee, please send an email through the "Contact Us" tab on the website.

RHN Field Trip


4th Annual River Herring Network Meeting - October 30th

The Massachusetts River Herring Network invites herring wardens, herring counters, and herring enthusiasts to the

4th Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 30th, 11 am - 4pm
at the Plymouth Public Library on 132 South St. in Plymouth.

This year the meeting includes a field trip to view completed and active fish passage construction projects at Town River in Plymouth.

Come meet your fellow herring wardens and volunteers and share your knowledge!

Please RSVP to Abigail Archer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

11:00AM Welcome & Introductions

11:10AM Update on River Herring Management Issues
Brad Chase, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

11:30AM Announcements

11:40 What We Are Learning from River Herring Otoliths and Genetics
Sara Turner, Postdoctoral Associate, NOAA Fisheries Service

Pizza Lunch Break

12:25 MA DMF River Herring Video Counting Project
Mike Bednarski, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

12:45PM Panel Discussion: Run Maintenance & Vegetation Clearing

Moderator: John Sheppard, MA Division of Marine Fisheries
Heinz Proft, Town of Harwich Herring Warden
Amy Croteau & Martin Wunderly, Town of Barnstable Natural Resources Dept
Carl Pawlowski, Fore River Watershed Association (Quincy/Braintree/Weymouth)
Brad Chase, MA Division of Marine Fisheries

1:25 Stream Vegetation & River Herring Russ Cohen, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration

1:50 Town Brook Field Trip Orientation
David Gould, Town of Plymouth Marine & Environmental Affairs Dept
Eric Hutchins, NOAA Office of Habitat Restoration

2:10 Tour of Town Brook Projects - Meet at Jenney Grist Mill Parking (Spring Lane)

3:40 End Field Trip back at Jenney Grist Mill Parking Area

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