Alewife celebration

BRADLEY — The public is invited to witness the annual alewife run in Blackman Stream at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum Fishway Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

After being virtually extirpated from the Penobscot watershed for the past 175 years, alewives have begun to rebound as dams have been removed and fishways have been constructed at several lake outlet dams. In the past two years, the Blackman Stream alewife run has gone from zero to 170,000 adult fish.

A Pancake Breakfast at the Bradley Fire Department is set for 7:30-10 a.m. for $5 per person. The museum store will have its grand opening from 1-5 p.m.

In 2009, the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) worked with the Maine Forest and Logging Museum to build a rock and pool fishway to complement the historic character of the site. The fishway allows alewives access into 1,300 acres of prime spawning habitat in Chemo Pond. In 2013, ASF built a fishway above Chemo Pond at the outlet to Davis and Holbrook Ponds providing another 800 acres of spawning habitat.

The Maine DMR has stocked adult alewives into these ponds to re-establish what is quickly becoming a self-sustaining run.

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