2013 Spring Fish Count @ Nequasset

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers that took part in the 2013 Fish Count!

Thank you for your interest in the restoration of Nequasset fish ladder in Woolwich, Maine and assisting one of the world’s great migrations!

The count is complete for 2013.

2013 Summary

Dates April 29-June 9, 2013
Harvest 717.5 bushel, 86,100 fish
Fish over the dam, actual 5,572
Fish over the dam, extrapolated 40,841
Estimated Total Run 137,000
# of volunteers 69
# of group tours 5
% escapement 32%

Alewives are anadromous fish that spend the majority of their lives at sea but return to freshwater to spawn. Alewives have been an important cultural and economic component of Woolwich for centuries. Because of continued careful stewardship, Nequasset is considered one of the top alewife runs in the State. The fish ladder is in disrepair and will be rebuilt in late summer to ensure access to spawning habitat in Nequasset Lake. Return to  Project Overview

2013 Media

USFWS surveying the ladder in preparation for restoration. Volunteers, please do not walk on the ladder!

Nequasset Run has Begun, Times Record 5.1.13

Fish counters needed at Nequasset Brook, Wiscasset Newspaper. 3.19.13  

KELT, Woolwich to Restore Fishway with Grant Funds, Times Record 12.19.2013








2013 Sign Up Sheet (count complete for 2013)

Video instructions CLICK HERE

Other Research

  • In 2013, researchers from the University of Southern Maine performed a video count, simultaneous with our visual count.
  • Students from Bates College, with Professor Bev Johnson, tested nitrogen levels in Nequasset Lake before, after and during the alewife run.
  • The 67 amazing volunteers that took part in the project
  • Alicia Heyburn, former Project Manager at Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
  • Bill Potter, Chairman, Woolwich Fish Commission
  • Steve Bodge and Herb Lilly, alewife harvesters
This project was prepared by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust under award NOAA CZM NA11NOS4190077  and TU-NOAA NB1 from  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of   Commerce.  The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those   of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or the Department of Commerce. 


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