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Restoring River Herring to Maine Rivers






Restoring River Herring to Maine’s Rivers


Maine Department of Marine Resources Scientist at Merrymeeting Bay Trout Unlimited


Tuesday, February 20, Joshua’s Restaurant, 123 Maine St, Brunswick, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

BRUNSWICK, ME, February 2024 – Learn how River Herring are vital to the health and abundance of Maine’s rivers and what is being done today to restore these keystone fish to their historical habitat by attending the February gathering of the Merrymeeting Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Nate Gray, Maine Department of Marine Resources scientist within the Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat group, will present “River Herring Ecology,” an overview of the keystone nature of River Herring -- including alewives and blueback herring -- throughout their range both historically and existing populations.  Nate has worked on the Kennebec River Basin since 1992 and is actively involved in River Herring restoration projects.  He witnessed the removal of Edwards Dam in Augusta in 1999 and has seen populations of River Herring rise from a remnant to over five million with the installation of multiple fish passages, dam removals, and the opening of thousands of acres of historical habitat in the Kennebec drainage.


Members and the public are invited to attend the free Merrymeeting Bay monthly meeting of this national cold-water conservation organization as we gather sportspeople and conservationists on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Joshua’s Restaurant, 123 Maine Street, Brunswick. Social hour begins at 6:00 pm, the presentation starts at 7:00 pm. The event is free; dinner and drinks can be purchased.

Meetings are held at Joshua’s on the third Tuesday of each month, September through May. 

No admission fee.  Open to members and non-members alike.

Please join us.

Our mission is to conserve, protect, and restore our area’s cold-water resources and the watersheds on which they depend. Trout Unlimited is the nation’s oldest and largest cold-water fisheries conservation organization dedicated to caring for and recovering America’s rivers and streams so our children can experience the joy of wild and native trout and salmon. Across the country, TU brings to bear local, regional, and national grassroots organizing, durable partnerships, science-backed policy muscle, and legal firepower on behalf of trout and salmon fisheries, healthy waters, and vibrant communities.

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Jeffrey Bush


Tom Walek