Monitoring of adult river herring and American eel continues with a catch of about 20 adult alewife and American eel during last week's sampling. Tagged alewife have been detected at all antenna units and about 50 individuals were recorded leaving the watershed through the existing pipe to the ocean. It has also been a great week for talking with people about the Wreck Pond restoration project and the Littoral Society’s mission. On May 21st (World Fish Migration Day), the restoration crew was at the Spring Lake Irish Festival. Staff also conducted two education programs with Monmouth County’s Communications High School. While at Wreck Pond, the students tested water quality, seined for fishes, and measured water flow. They also identified plankton and benthic macroinvertebrates. Check back next week for another update and in the meantime have a wonderful Memorial Day.
Despite the rainy, cold weather, it has been a busy week at Wreck Pond. We set the fyke nets up on Wednesday evening at Wreck Pond and Black Creek railroad bridges for another round of fish counting. They caught three more herring and a few painted turtles.
A fifth antenna was installed at the Wreck Pond railroad bridge on Thursday in order to track out-migration of tagged herring. That same day students from Monmouth University came out for their fifth collection of eDNA samples. Due to the rain, we had to cancel the field trip to Wreck Pond for 80 students from Monmouth County Communications High School. Instead students took a tour of NOAA National Marine Fisheries Lab at Sandy Hook.
The next few months will be busy with fish counting and community events, including some activities on Saturday, May 21 and 22 linked to World Fish Migration Day.
In addition to setting up a booth at the Spring Lake Irish Festival on Saturday, May 21, at which people can talk to us about fish migration and the restoration project, the Society will offer a variety of activities for children. The focus will be on river herring and American eel, two migratory fish species found in Wreck Pond, as well as the importance of maintaining a clean and connected watershed. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hands-on activities will launch at the intersection of Brown and Ocean avenues in Spring Lake.
On Sunday, May 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., NOAA Fisheries and the American Littoral Society will have a display of live fish from Wreck Pond at the James Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory on Sandy Hook. Click here to learn more about this free activity.
Go here to learn more about World Fish Migration Day at Wreck Pond.
Keep up to date on other project news and happenings at WreckPond.org and the Littoral Society Facebook page.