Fish fest

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — For over 12,000 years, alewives have made the journey from the sea to the headwaters of the rivers of Washington County to spawn, playing a critical role in the ecosystem of the rivers as well as in the lives of the people dwelling there.

“Alewives: Small Fish, Big Impact” is a program celebrating the importance of alewives through a series of school and community events in April and May. The program is hosted by Island Readers & Writers (IRW) and collaborating partner organizations.

The project will conclude with a celebration on World Fish Migration Day, May 21, with events taking place across Washington County. On that day, one can run the Smolt Bolt road race, hike, paddle or observe nature on a guided walk in and around Machias. In the afternoon at Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott, there will be food, author visits and book signings, displays of student writing and art based on the alewife food web and journey, and environmental information from partner organizations.

All programs are free. A schedule of events and additional information is available on IRW’s website or by calling 244-5111.

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