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Comments for: EPA ruling supports restoration of alewife migration

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  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Passamaguoddys, a victory we all win on.

  • Anonymous

    4000 years. I don’t believe that for a minute.

    • Anonymous

       You’re right- given the evidence from recent research, it’s probably more like 10,000+ years.

  • Anonymous

    The Crazy Government strikes again.  Luddites.  They are all Luddites.  They call themselves progressives but are fundamentally against progress.

  • The idea of ‘banning’ a native fish like the alewife from Maine’s fourth largest river is about as sensible as banning brook trout or chickadees or Atlantic salmon, moose or deer. But sometimes dumb ideas become entrenched, and once entrenched, like dandelion roots, they are very hard to remove. I think we just cut this one in half with a shovel.

    • Anonymous

      Doug, I couldn’t have said it better even if I had stayed up all night trying. I cannot imagine how or why the Downeast guides thought that a natural alewive population would be detrimental to their bass and salmon fishery. And I want to publicly thank Lee Sochasky of the St. Croix Waterway Commission for educating me as I initially and blindly supported the Grand Lake Stream Guide’s Association.

  • Anonymous

    Hard to believe they were ever banned to begin with. Nice to see this progress. Now the bass fishermen will likely feel entitled to move the bass into the pristine and natural brook trout habitat to keep going.

  • The passage of LD 520 in April of 1995 was not a progressive conspiracy, nor a tree-huggers coup. It was a unanimously supported bipartisan legislative boondoggle orchestrated by fishing guides terrified by a perceived threat to Maine streams that would clobber their income streams.

    Problem is, they and the legislature got the reasoning and the science all wrong.

    In 2008, Kelly Hoffman (then attending the Maine School of Law) wrote an excellent paper on the history and histrionics that have surrounded this issue. It can be downloaded as a PDF file here:

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=alewife%20law%20maine%201995&source=web&cd=16&ved=0CFQQFjAFOAo&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.friendsofmerrymeetingbay.org%2Fcybrary%2Fpages%2Fvol13_oclj_309.pdf&ei=ahL_T6SlK8PZ6wHks8S_Bg&usg=AFQjCNGCEN2DqRna003G4XXOERIgoF480A&cad=rja

    Congratulations, however, may be premature. The “luddites” as one comment below called them aren’t progressives, they are self-invested Maine fishing guides. They are very much alive and many still believe their own mythology.

    It’s high time to repeal the existing legislation.

  • Anonymous

    As one of those fishing guides struggling to make a living on the upper St. Croix, I take offense to being called dumb and having dumb ideas. The Maine IFW and biologist Mike smith did years of research showing the decline of small mouth bass in Spednic was directly related to the presence of sea run alewives.  Funny how the papers omit any of his work in their reports. 
    Furthermore, there is no evidence that sea run alewives were ever able to ascend Grand Falls prior to it being dammed and having a fish ladder.

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