2018 Spring Workshop
Wednesday March 7, 2018
Lakeville Public Library

Agenda - Aquatic Invasive Plant Species Workshop 3-7-18
Thanks to Lakeville Community Access Media, the entire workshop was recorded. To view the video, click here:

Photos of the Aquatic Invasive Species Workshop on March 7-2018

Slide Presentations
Aquatic Invasive Plant Species in Herring Runs - B Chase - MA DMF
AI Plant Species Natural History-Dr Padgett-BSU
Methods AIS Removal-K Gazaille-Solitude Lake Management
Preventing AIS Invasions - David Wong - MA DEP
Permitting Considerations for AIS Management-L Langley-DEP
Asian Clam-Dr Padgett-Bridgwater State U
Stream Flow - M Craddock - MA DER

A Guide to Selected Invasive Non-Native Species in MA
Aquatic Plant Management in Lakes and Ponds - WPA -DEP 2004
SOP-Field Equipment Decontamination-DEP-Aug 2015

2016 Spring Workshop
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Jones River Landing, Kingston

This workshop was hosted by the Jones River Watershed Association.  The Association and the Town of Kingston are in the early stages of a dam removal project at the Elm St crossing of the Jones River.  Attendees heard a presentation about the project and then the group visited the site together with representatives from the Town and the Division of Marine Fisheries.  The goal of the workshop was to gather input on the project from wardens and natural resources officers in other towns, and to provide an example to them of the steps involved in a dam removal project.

A summary of the workshop and photos of the day can be viewed at the link below:

River Herring Network Spring 2016 Workshop


2012 Fall Workshop
Thursday, September 13, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm
Bourne Veteran's Memorial Community Center - 239 Main St, Buzzards Bay, MA

The September Workshop focused on the details of River Herring Sustainable Fishery Plans. Brad Chase discussed the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's requirement that states must submit a Sustainable Fishery Plan before opening herring runs to harvest. He showed examples of plans that have been approved, and discussed what steps towns could take to gather the necessary information about their runs.

The 2nd half of the workshop offered herring wardens the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge with each other on the topics of water withdrawals, invasive species management, passage restrictions and water quality management. Volunteers gave 5-10 minute informal talks on one of the above topics. Information included notable and/or everyday experiences, lessons learned the hard way, funny stories, and recommendations for new herring wardens. If you are interested in more information, please view the workshop materials at the links below.

Sept 2012 Workshop Slides

September 2012 workshop minutes


2012 Spring Workshop
Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 5:30-7pm
Bourne Veteran's Memorial Community Center - 239 Main St, Buzzards Bay, MA

In this workshop wardens (and other interested folks) dug into the fish passage laws and learned how to navigate the permitting process for managing runs.  Brad Chase and John Sheppard from MA Division of Marine Fisheries discussed Chapter 130, the specifics of what wardens are authorized to do under it, the mechanics of the MOUs between the towns and DMF for local management, and ASMFC updates. Also, David Cavanaugh shared his experiences with the Middleborough-Lakeville Herring Fishery Commission and local management of their run. Pizza and refreshments were served. If you are interested in more information, please view the workshop materials at the link below.

June 12, 2012 River Herring Network Workshop Agenda