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