MacArthur “Genius” to Speak at Maine Audubon on the Role of Healthy Rivers in Restoring Maine Fisheries
FALMOUTH, Maine—On Wednesday, February 23, as part of its monthly Naturalists’ Forum lecture series, Maine Audubon will host Ted Ames, the commercial fisherman and fisheries scholar who in 2005 won a MacArthur “Genius” award for his work.
In this talk, Ames will discuss the relationship between alewives and the cod family in northern Gulf of Maine. His research has uncovered historical patterns of movement of commercial fish like cod, haddock, and pollock, and found that those movements are correllated with the movements of alewives.
As river restoration projects continue in Maine and throughout New England, Maines alewife populations could revive and play a key role in re-establishing sustainable populations of groundfish along New England’s coastal shelf.
The event is free, and will begin at 7 p.m. at the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, located off Route One in Falmouth, one mile north of the Martins Point Bridge and the Portland city line.