Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

Still too cold for alewives

Posted:  Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 4:00pm

“Brrrrr! I just returned from the Nequasset fish ladder. Ospreys are flying overhead, circling in anticipation of a good meal, but they are going to have to wait a little longer. Water temps today (April 18) were 49 degrees – we need to get up to about 55 for the fish,” said Alicia Heyburn, Program Director.

Harvesters poured new concrete to improve the ramp into the harvest area, and reported that there will be no price increase on fish this year. If you have 75 cents in your pocket you can bring a smoked alewife home for dinner.

Students from Chewonki Semester School came to learn about anadromous fish, barriers to migration and what it takes to make an effective fish ladder. They also helped to haul out debris from the old baffles so the Water District can dispose of them.

Take a look at your schedule and sign up for counting slots after about April 28; if the fish come earlier an alert will be sent. See you at the dam.