World Fish Migration Day and Local Stream Restoration

World Fish Migration Day & Local Stream Restoration
Coastal Conversations show: May 27, 2016 
WERU 89.9 in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor

Host: Catherine Schmitt, Maine Sea Grant

Listen to the show on WERU archives.

Show Description 

Everywhere a road and stream intersect represents a vulnerability for communities, a potential washout during the next big rainstorm that can be costly to repair. Undersized and malfunctioning drainage structures are also a problem for fish, especially this time of year when alewives, blueback herring, smelt, and salmon are migrating between rivers and the ocean. Fish are also blocked by dams and other barriers. But communities are taking action to fix road crossings, install fish ladders, and learn more about the fish and wildlife inhabiting their local streams.

On this program, we talk with fisheries biologists and educators to learn about how Maine citizens are restoring fish habitat and strengthening community infrastructure. We also learn how people of all ages are reconnecting to native fish and wildlife species, through World Fish Migration Day activities and other programs.

Guests

Barbara Charry, Conservation Biologist, Maine Audubon
Ruth Feldman, Program Director, Island Readers & Writers
Jeremy Bell, Aquatic Restoration Specialist, The Nature Conservancy
Ciona Ulbrich, Senior Project Manager, Maine Coast Heritage Trust

More information about show topics

Stream Smart road crossing designs
Island Readers & Writers Small Fish, Big Impact Education Program
Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
World Fish Migration Day Website
Maine Coast Heritage Trust & Maine Land Trust Network