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May 18 Saturday
11:00 am—2:00 pm

Event Location:
Pierce Pond Boat Ramp, Mill Creek Road

Contact Info:
Town of Penobscot
207-801-4058

Cost: Free

Family Friendly Popular Event

Annual Alewife Migration Celebration

at Pierce Pond Boat Ramp, Penobscot

Join the town of Penobscot, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and several partner organizations for the annual Alewife Migration Celebration!

We’ll be celebrating the restoration of the alewife migration throughout the Bagaduce River watershed, thanks to collaboration on a series of construction projects, fish-counting efforts, research projects, policy changes, government actions and so much more.

Every spring, people have come together to learn about sea-run fish, taste smoked fish, and celebrate the alewife migration.

This year, the celebration will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Pierce Pond boat ramp on Mill Creek Road in Penobscot.

The town of Penobscot hosts the event together with partner organizations to celebrate this collaborative effort to bring the fish back to the ponds and streams of Penobscot, Brooksville and Sedgwick.

The Bagaduce River is the first watershed in all of Maine where fish passage has been fully restored. The completion of five passage projects means that what used to be a sure sign of spring can happen once again and the fish can return to their home ponds.

Please join us for an outdoor gathering at the outlet of Pierce’s Pond to get a glimpse into pond plant and animal life, hear about new projects underway and watch some alewives enter the pond.

The Partners

Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, The Town of Penobscot Alewife Committee, Downeast Salmon Federation, The Nature Conservancy in Maine, the Penobscot Select board, the Three Town Alewife Committee, Maine SeaGrant, NOAA, Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, multiple landowners, and many other funders, community members, volunteers, supporters and helping hands

The event will be canceled in rain or bad weather.

For more information, call 801-4058.

A Watershed Moment

Watch the award-winning short film, “A Watershed Moment,” about the five-year collaborative partnership project to restore fish passage to the Bagaduce watershed.


This event takes place at Bagaduce River Region, Castine

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