Harvesters' Perspectives on Alewives, Bluebacks, and Eels in Downeast Maine
Maine Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries
Narrative histories of alewife/blueback herring and American eel fisheries
Downeast Maine, Maine fisheries, Alewives, River Herring
Diadromous fish are those that spend part of their lives in freshwater and part at sea. There are many diadromous fish species in the rivers of Downeast Maine. These species represent important links between freshwater and marine ecosystems and have traditionally supported commercial, recreational and personal use fisheries in Downeast Maine. These fish and the fisheries they support have been negatively impacted by habitat loss due to the construction of dams and other obstructions in Maine's rivers. Much work is being done to restore and improve the river habitat.
Milliken, Billy; Bushey, Randy; Altvater, Brian; Akagi, Hugh; and Bassett, Ed, "River Restoration" (2014). Maine Sea Grant Video Collection. 6.