By Heather Goldstone
May 21st is World Fish Migration Day. Yes, that’s a real thing, and groups around Cape Cod have already begun participating by doing what many of them do every spring – gathering to count and learn about river herring as they try to make their way from the ocean up to fresh water to spawn.
There are some eighty herring runs in Massachusetts, with a number on Cape Cod. Biologists estimate that one hundred fifty years ago, each run may have supported a million fish. Today, it’s a fraction of that number. There’s no one culprit at which to point the finger, more like a dozen. Read more and hear podcast here …
- Brad Chase, Senior Fisheries Biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
- Linda Deegan, Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Ecosystems Center and a Professor in the Brown University – MBL Joint Program
- Christopher Neill, who is a senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Ecosystems Center