Document Type

Article

Editor

Chris Bartlett et al

Publication Title

Downeast Fisheries Trail website

Publisher

Maine Sea Grant College Program

Publication Date

2014

Publisher location

Orono, ME

Abstract/ Summary

Alewives (Alosa pseudoharengus) and blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis), collectively referred to as river herring, are anadromous fish, which means they spend most of their adult lives at sea but spawn in freshwater. The two species look very similar. Fishermen usually harvest both species together and generally do not distinguish between the two. In Downeast Maine, alewives are more common than bluebacks and locals often use the terms “alewives” to refer to both species.

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