Herring and Fish Counts and Eel, Oh My!

Last week on this site, we featured a video on small hydro projects. Uphill reservoirs of water can be a great way to store and generate energy, but they require a good deal of thought and planning around how they might affect the services that the natural watershed is providing.

One of the main issues to contend with in any hydro project is its affect on the eels and other fish that travel up the natural waterway to spawn and later back down the waterway to the ocean to give birth to the next generation. Hydro projects that don’t give a means for species to get around them going up stream, like a fish ladder, will prevent them from reaching their spawning grounds. As Eric Hutchens describes in the video, projects that don’t provide the proper filters and screens to keep the fish out of the power generating flow will create chum out of the downstream running species.

Perhaps you are thinking that eels are kind of creepy anyway and maybe even wondering whether there aren’t enough herring in the world already. But, as Eric points out, species like herring are feed stock for a chain of other fish that you might want to fish for, for fun or profit, even if you don’t appreciate the role they may play in the ecology of upland watershed.

Fish counting is a volunteer effort. If you’d like to become a part of the fish count in Rockport in person, Eric suggests contacting our Shellfish Warden, Rebecca Visnick, who can provide you with instructions.

Or, you could count fish in Plymouth, MA from the comfort of your own home by visiting https://www.plymouthriverherring.org/

Everything is connected.

Previous Meeting – Saturday January 23, 2016

The Rockport Saturday January 23, 2016, at 10:30 am at the Rockport Police Station.

In addition to regular business we heard from representatives from both the Clinton and the Sanders presidential campaigns, in advance of the upcoming MA primary (March 1, 2016) as well as Marianne Rutter from Boxford who spoke about how to run to be a delegate to the Democratic National convention which will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 25th-28th, 2016.

More information about the campaigns will be added to the Resources Section.

Meeting Saturday October 17, 2015

The Rockport Democratic Town Committee held a meeting on Saturday October 17, 2015 at 10:30 at the Rockport Police Station, 168 Main Street.  We received excellent reports from our committee members who attended the State Convention in September.  We heard from a supporter of the MA initiative for humane treatment of farm animals.  We also heard from a supporter of the Fair Share Amendment. Both presentations were quite informative.  Attendees had a chance to sign petitions for each.

Fair Share Amendment resource links:
Basic summary on the Fair Share Amendment campaign:  http://raiseupma.org/constitutional-amendment-campaign/

Signature Collection Toolkit (which includes the basic fact sheet on the campaign):  http://raiseupma.org/signature-collection-toolkit/

Mass Budget and Policy Center’s short report on the campaign’s funding goals and tax reforms that improve fairness:  http://www.massbudget.org/report_window.php?loc=Fair_Share_Tax_Reform_Factsheet.html

Humane Treatment for Farm Animals:  More information on the initiative – http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/massachusetts-ballot-initiative-seeks-curb-farm-animal-confinement