October 17, 2019

Restoring Native Fish to Our Rivers

Maine RiverWe work to restore native fish populations to rivers throughout Maine. Healthy runs of sea-run fish symbolize our commitment to restoration of native species as an essential component of vital rivers. We are currently focusing on the St. Croix River, which forms the boundary between the Canadian province of New Brunswick and the state of Maine. Maine Rivers and allies submitted a petition to the International Joint Commission requesting that the commission order the opening of dams on St. Croix River to allow alewives, a native river herring, to return to their ancestral spawning grounds in the watershed. Alewives are ecologically and economically important, they serve as a forage base for fish, mammals and birds, from mink to eagles, from cod to whales. We know from experiences in Maine that rivers have tremendous capacities for resilience and restoration, and that healthier rivers make for healthier communities.