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Volunteer River Herring Monitoring: Charles River (April 1 – June 1, 2020)

Illustration of a river herring

MIT Sea Grant in collaboration with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) will be coordinating a volunteer group to conduct river herring monitoring on the Charles River this year.

  • The Monitoring period will be April 1, 2020 through June 1, 2020
  • The monitoring will consist of visual counts that will take place at the Watertown Dam
  • MIT Sea Grant and DMF will conduct an information and training session in early March
  • Who should volunteer?
    • All ages can participate (children must be accompanied by an adult)
    • Anyone interested in the Charles River and would like to learn more about its ecology and its support of spawning fish populations
    • Anyone who would like to learn about sea-run fisheries management in Massachusetts
    • Anyone who would like to contribute to acquiring important population information in support of river herring management and conservation

The information collected through this effort will help provide a better understanding of the river herring populations that use the Charles River each year, and will contribute to the Massachusetts state-wide river herring monitoring and assessment program.

This is an important program and we cannot do it without your help!

To sign up, please contact:

                Rob Vincent
                MIT Sea Grant

>>Read Acoustic Tagging and the Annual Herring Run to learn more about last year’s monitoring efforts!


Logo of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries