NEW! Penobscot River Research Newsletter, January 2013
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Regional Conservation Plan for Anadromous Rainbow Smelt
Regional Conservation Plan for Anadromous Rainbow Smelt is now available online at http://restorerainbowsmelt.com under the “Learn More” tab (http://restorerainbowsmelt.com/?page_id=29).
Limited printed copies will be available from the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.
Economic Impacts of Massachusetts Ecological Restoration Projects. 2012. IndustrialEconomics, Inc and Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration
Industrial Economics, Incorporated (IEc) analyzed four ongoing or completed restoration projects, using the IMPLAN regional economic impact model, as a means to help the Massachusetts DLaunch Internet Explorer Browserepartment of Fish and Game, Division on Ecological Restoration (DER) gain an initial sense of the direct and indirect effects of their activities on a “per restoration dollar” basis. Read more
Implications of sense of place for recovery of Atlantic salmon and other imperiled fishes
By Katrina Beatrice Mueller 2011 A DISSERTATION Submitted to Michigan State University
ABSTRACT Once chock-full of river herring and salmon, coastal river systems draining New England
historically served as movement corridors for these and other highly migratory fish. Within the
past four centuries, humans have methodically reshaped the region’s rivers and their tributaries
to enhance their capacity to transport raw materials, provide power, accommodate roads, and
irrigate crops. These activities fragmented movement corridors, and reduced accessibility to and
SEEKING INPUT: Best Management/Maintenance Practices Worksheet For Herring Run Management in Massachusetts
This document is intended to help herring wardens determine what information is known and unknown about their particular run(s). It could be used in several ways. It could serve as a tool for brainstorming in preparation for writing a more formal management or operations plan. Or, it could serve as a basic framework for recording information known about a run, so that a new herring warden would not have to start from scratch in learning about the run. Answers to the questions could be long or short, depending on the intended use of the information. Read more.
Ecosystem Assessment Report for the Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem. Ecosystem Assessment Program. 2009. US Dept Commer, Northeast Fish Sci Cent Ref Doc. 09-11; 61 p.
This reports tracks changes in key indicators of climate, physical forcing, ecosystem dynamics, and the role of humans in this system. These indicators can be broadly classified into natural and anthropogenic drivers, resulting pressures, and ecosystem states. Read more
The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration Books
Ecological restoration is fast becoming a critical component of nature conservation, ecosystem management, and sustainable local economic development. In response to the need for reliable information and provocative discussion on restoration, the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) and Island Press have initiated a book series, The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration (SER). As the title suggests, their aim is to create an international forum devoted to advancing restoration science and practice, as well as promoting their integration with the conservation sciences.
Through a Fish's Eye: The Status of Fish Habitats in the United States 2010
NOAA Fisheries and the National Fish Habitat Board announce the release of Through a Fish's Eye: The Status of Fish Habitats in the United States 2010. This report is the result of a nationwide assessment of human effects on fish habitat in the rivers and estuaries of the United States, developed by the public/private partnership of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. The report provides an important picture of the challenges and opportunities facing fish and those engaged in fish habitat protection and restoration efforts. It also illustrates the need for strategic use of limited resources though partnerships—such as the Fish Habitat Partnerships established under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan—to identify the most effective use of funds and help the nation as a whole make progress in fish habitat conservation.
A Forest of Blue: Canada’s Boreal Forest, the World’s Waterkeeper By Wells, J., D. Roberts, P. Lee, R, Cheng,
and M. Darveau. 2010. International
Boreal Conservation Campaign, Seattle.
Canada’s boreal contains 25 percent of the world’s wetlands and more surface water than any other continental-scale landscape. The extensive undammed rivers of the boreal serve as last refuges for many of the world’s sea-run migratory fish, including half of the remaining populations of North American Atlantic salmon. Canada’s boreal waters also influence global climate. The wetlands and peatlands store an estimated 147 billion tonnes of carbon, more than 25 years worth of current man-made emissions, and the delta of the Mackenzie River alone stores 41 billion tonnes. The input of fresh water from boreal rivers to the Arctic and other northern seas is critical to forming sea ice, which cools the atmosphere and provides the basis for much of arctic marine biodiversity. This analysis (PDF) is the first compilation of decades of research on Canadian boreal water reserves from diverse sources.
Climate change, aquatic ecosystems, and fishes in the Rocky Mountain West: implications and alternatives for management By Bruce Rieman and Daniel Isaak, US Forest Service
A new synthesis report entitled, "Climate change, aquatic ecosystems, and fishes in the Rocky Mountain West: implications and alternatives for management" is available from from the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. The report addresses three basic questions: 1) What is changing in the climate and related physical processes that may affect aquatic species and their habitats?, 2) What are the implications for aquatics species and related conservation values, and 3) What can we do about it?
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announces that a new Migratory Fish Management andRestoration Plan for the Susquehanna River Basin (Plan) was approved by a unanimous vote of the Susquehanna River Anadromous Fish Restoration Cooperative (SRAFRC), Policy Committee. The new Plan will be used by SRAFRC and others in managing and restoring migratory fish resources in the Susquehanna River Basin.
Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPP)for Water Quality MeasurementsConducted for Diadromous Fish Habitat MonitoringVersion 1.0, 2008-2012
Massachusettes Division of Marine Fisheries See Tehcnical Report 42
The National Fish Habitat Action Plan
The National Fish Habitat Action Plan is an investment strategy to make conservation dollars go farther in restoring our impaired waterways to sustainable health and maintaining the existing health of other waterways. Recognizing their shared interests are at stake, hundreds of public and private partners are coming together to target high priority areas and iconic species where America’s aquatic life will benefit from voluntary conservation actions.
Atlantic Salmon Recovery Framework, August 2010 by NOAA, USFWS, Maine DMR, Penobscot Indian Nation.
The Department of Marine Resources, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service, in cooperation with the Penobscot Nation (representing all tribal interests), have established a new Management Framework for cooperative Atlantic salmon restoration and recovery in Maine. With an expanded DPS, limited resources and competing priorities a clear need was identified – develop a collective strategy and implement the highest priorities for management and scientific studies that have the greatest potential to recovery the species.
A Landowner’s Guide to Removing Small Dams in Ontario by Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 2010
Many small dams in Ontario were built long ago and no longer serve a useful purpose today. In some cases the cost of maintenance or replacement makes the dam no longer practical. If you own a dam like this, you may decide you would like to remove it, either partly or completely, as have many other dam owners in Ontario and Canada.
Reconnecting Rivers: Natural Channel Design in Dam Removal and Fish Passage by Luther Aadland, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, January 2010.
This book was written by Luther P. Aadland, Ph.D., a research scientist/ river ecologist and expert on river restoration, dam removal and nature-like fish passage, with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Division of Ecological Resources Stream Habitat Program. Reconnecting Rivers provides a long-anticipated opportunity to document/publish the numerous river restoration/reconnection projects that contributed to the program's fundamental goal of restoring stream health and connectivity. To purchase a copy of this book, please contact Minnesota's Bookstore, www.minnesotasbookstore.com . Electronic copies can be downloaded at www.mndnr.gov/eco/streamhab/reconnecting_rivers.html
Maine Department of Marine Resources and Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Estimates of River Herring Bycatch in the Directed Atlantic Herring Fishery
September 23, 2008
The spatial distribution of Atlantic herring overlaps with the spatial distributions of two other important herring species: blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis) and alewives (Alosa pseudoharengus). These two species (known colloquially as “river herring”) have a rich social and economic history in fisheries management. (ASMFC, 1999), and are currently listed as a species of concern by the National Marine Fisheries Service because in-river catches and individual spawning populations have declined recently.
Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership
2009 State of the Estuaries Report for Piscataqua Region Estuaries
The environmental quality of the Piscataqua Region Estuaries is declining. Eleven of the twelve environmental indicators show negative or cautionary trends. In the last State of the Estuaries Report in 2006, only seven of the twelve indicators were classified this way. There have been many successful land conservation and restoration projects, but these projects have not been able to keep pace with development and habitat loss.
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Atlantic Coast Diadromous Fish Habitat: A Review of Utilization, Threats, Recommendations for Conservation, and Research Needs
"This document is the most comprehensive compilation of habitat information to date on Commission-managed diadromous species. The primary focus of this document is on inshore and nearshore habitats along the Atlantic coast for all life stages of the included species, but offshore habitat is also discussed. Inland and coastal waters provide critical habitat for spawning, growth, feeding, and in some cases, residential habitat for diadromous fish species. Thus, impacts to these areas are
likely to have consequences for species that rely on these areas."
NOAA Fisheries Restoration Center