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Grand Falls and Alewife Celebration

On June 5 a celebration at the Grand Falls Fishway was held, near the banks of the St. Croix River. The event was in honor of the reopening of all the St. Croix to the native alewives. Beginning in 1995, the Maine Legislature had closed the Grand Falls and other fishways to the alewives on the concern they might be adversely impacting the smallmouth bass, an introduced alien species.

A consortium of many conservation, fisheries, tribal and scientific organizations were able to see the St. Croix River's fishways reopened to the native fish, with 2013 through action in the Maine Legislature in Spring 2013.

ASF sees a healthy river ecosystem as needing the full diversity of its species, and alewives are important to the St. Croix River. For this reason and based on sound science, ASF has supported the effort to restore the alewife runs, and is delighted to see success in this matter.