For 200 years or longer, dams have blocked a number of important species of anadromous fish from completing their lifecycle.
Alewife, blueback herring, and American shad are just a few of the anadromous species that live their adult life in saltwater but return to freshwater to spawn and whose populations had virtually disappeared from the Pawtuxet River watershed following the Industrial Revolution. Continue reading
Phil Edwards, Supervising Fisheries Biologist with the RI Department of Environmental Management Division of Fish and Wildlife, has been counting the migrating fish for years at Gilbert Stuart stream (the headwaters of Narrow River) and other locations around the state. The attached chart for Gilbert Stuart Stream shows a steady decline in the population due to overfishing from 2001 until a moratorium was declared in 2006. Continue reading