Searching for Alewives in East End Streams
The lowly alewife, a member of the herring family, is a critical fish to our marine ecosystem and is prey to many of the local fish that we eat.
Every spring, volunteers from throughout Long Island take to the woods near ponds and streams to document the annual trips taken by alewives as they swim upstream to spawn.
Here’s a trip down alewife monitoring memory lane we undertook at our sister publication, the East End Beacon, way back in 2014.
This coming Thursday, March 10, volunteers will meet at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Riverhead headquarters at 423 Griffing Avenue for an annual trainingin becoming an alewife monitor.
The session, organized by the Long Island Sound Study, the Peconic Estuary Program, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Seatuck Environmental Association, begins at 6 p.m.