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Lawmakers OK alewives bill

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Article from Bangor Daily News

"An amended bill to allow sea-run alewives back into a part of the St. Croix River received approval in both houses of the Legislature last week.

On Friday, LD 1957 was headed for the governor?s desk for a signature."


It does not say it in the article, but I am pretty sure there was a lot of support from commercial and recreational fisherman for the original bill which would have opened it up even more. I know that a while back there was a quite a lot of buzz around this bill, I am 99.9% sure it was the original bill. It sounds like the people who fish the river did not want that and were going to stop it unless there was a compromise, so this will have to do. Better than nothing!

(I am pretty surprised though that the tribe and the guides were so opposed to this. I would think that the alewives would be good for food, for both fisherman and the fish like smallmouth bass (which in turn is good for the fisherman). They are the ones who know the river the best so maybe there is something I am missing here.)

This post edited by twofinbluna 01:51 AM 04/09/2008
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It has to do with the last time they opened the gate and had an alewife run, the fishing for the Smallmouth was horrible that year. They believe the 2 species eat the same food and would compete. One year does not make a study and they need to let this run its course.

Smallmouth is not a native species for that region, but it does bring a lot of revenue to the guides and camps of that depressed county.

I am suprised to hear the tribe against it as they usually favor going back to the way it was...

There are a few runs in midcoast maine that a good, the rest suck.
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