2017 Nequasset Fish Count


Take Part in One of the World’s Great Migrations 

Volunteer to Count Fish At Nequasset

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We count every day the fish are running, typically from early May to early June, 6:00 am – 8:00 pm. Select a two hour period from the 2017 signup sheet (a calendar that links to a sign-up form), then count any TWO 10 minute blocks within your two hour period -whatever works for you!

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The Fish Count has not yet started.  This page will be updated to let you know when they arrive!

4/27/2017 – No fish yet.  The water temperature is 47, and the water is flowing high over the top of the dam due to all the rain we’ve been having.  The denil baffles have not yet been put in the ladder.

5/2/2017 – Still no fish.  Water temperature is 50.  The baffles are in place, and the flow is still high.  No fish are visible in the pools below the dam, but the osprey is back, sitting on its typical perch.

5/5/2017 – Fish were seen below the ladder!  The water is too cold and is flowing too fast for the fish to climb the ladder, but a bushel or two were harvested today.

5/8/2017 – Water temperature is still 50, and the water is high after the rain today and over the weekend.

5/9/2017 – The water temperature was 52 this afternoon and some fish were swimming below the ladder.  When I stopped by in the evening, there were 2 herons, 2 ospreys, and about 40 gulls.

5/10/2017 – Today’s the day!  The 2017 Nequasset Fish Count starts today.

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2017 News:

The 2017 Fish Count at Nequasset Dam will support the sustainable harvest of alewives at Nequasset.  The count provides important information about annual population fluctuations and the status of Nequasset alewives.  It also helps with understanding the operation and impacts of the new fish ladder on the Nequasset alewife run.

Alewives are anadromous fish that spend the majority of their lives at sea but return to freshwater to spawn. They 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 at Nequasset Dam gives the fish access to vital spawning habitat in Nequasset Lake.  The fish ladder was rebuilt in summer-fall 2014  as part of the Nequasset Fish Ladder Restoration Project.

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