2014 Fish Count at Nequasset Dam

An Exciting Year with Many Fish

The 2014 fish count brought in valuable information about the high numbers of fish that that climbed the ladder to enter Nequasset Lake this year.  Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who helped out with this successful fish count!

This year is particularly important because it is the last year with the old 1955 fish ladder.  This summer, the old ladder will be removed and a new ladder put in its place. The count this year gives us a solid foundation to use to assess the new ladder.  Can’t wait until the 2015 count!

The Numbers:


May 5 -June 9, 2014


978 bushels/ 117,360 fish

 Fish over the dam, observed


 Fish over the dam, extrapolated


 Estimated Total Run


 # of volunteers


 % escapement


Highest 10 Minute Fish Count


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Some of Our Excellent Fish Counters:


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2014 Media

New Woolwich Fish Ladder: Product of Many Partnerships, Boothbay Register 10.27.2014

Count ‘Jumps’ Over Nequasset Fish Ladder, Times Record 9.24.2014

Nequasset Fish Ladder Nears Completion, Coastal Journal 8.21.2014

New Nequasset Dam Fish Ladder Under Construction, Boothbay Register 8.18.2014

Casco Bay Stories: Steve Bodge, 7.21.2014

Work Begins on Fish Ladder, Times Record 7.29.2014

Big Changes in Store for Woolwich Dam, Fish Ladder, Boothbay Register 5.27.2014

Fish Counters Needed at Nequasset, Coastal Journal 5.22.2014

Alewives Counted One-By-One On Some Maine Rivers, Portland Press Herald 5.17.2014

Counting on One Last Run: Nequasset Fish Ladder Set to Be Replaced This Summer, Times Record 5.16.2014

Two Fish Ladders, An Ocean Lover in Maine blog, 5.14.2014

Fish Counters Needed at Nequasset Dam: Now- June, Bangor Daily News 5.2.2014

Herb Lilly, A Midcoast Legacy in the Form of Fish, Coastal Journal 5.1.2014

Restoring the Alewives: A Natural Phenomenon As Old As the Coast Returns, Coastal Journal 4.24.2014

  • The 95 amazing volunteers that took part in the project
  • Bill Potter, Chairman, Woolwich Fish Commission
  • Steve Bodge, Herb Lilly, and Tamara Lilly, alewife harvesters

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