Hello everyone and Happy New Year!!! The Wreck Pond team would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year. We all are looking forward to a new start and all that is to come in 2021.
The team continued working through the Fall and into Winter monitoring for any unique movements in the colder months. We pulled the seine net twice, once in November and once in December. Novembers pull did not yield anything unique or unexpected, however, Decembers pull was quite the contrary.
As we shuffled through the silver sides, we came across two specimen that made us do a double-take. Here they are below:
When ever we catch something that could be a river herring, we get really excited. At first glance, we thought Fish 1 on the left could be an alewife, but after further investigation, it was determined Fish 1 was an Atlantic Menhaden. They were spotted running in the surf and this juvenile likely got pushed through the pipe into the pond.
Fish 2, however, was quite different. It didn't fully resemble the juvenile alewife we've caught previously, but certainly appeared to be in the herring family. It is potential this is a Blueback river herring, something we have not seen in years at the pond. It is not 100%, but the unique catches this winter are exciting, and have encouraged the team to continue winter pulls once per month throughout the 2021 winter season.
Aside from winter seining, the team was excited to see the completion of the Old Mill Dam Fish Ladder Project. The ladder itself was installed in late August, however, the rock diversion to help lead migrating herring to the base of ladder has not been installed. Well, as of December 22, the diversion is in and will be ready for the 2021 migration!
The team continues to push through and genuinely cannot wait to keep working hard to restore Wreck Pond. We have lots of exciting plans in 2021 and hope you continue on the journey with us.
Be well, stay safe, and healthy, and Happy New Year!
For more information on the Wreck Pond project, please visit www.littoralsociety.org for more information or contact Julie Schumacher, Habitat Restoration Technician: email@example.com