The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged fish passage

  • Spring Fish Work Goes Swimmingly

    Wells Reserve Contributor | April 28, 2016

    For the past five weeks, our research staff have been out fishing in the rivers of southern Maine to provide up-to-date information on species with the greatest need for conservation. We have been fortunate to have the help of some dedicated community volunteers and members of the Sebago Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  This is the earliest we’ve been fishing in recent years and the catch has been diverse and exciting!

  • Spring 2016 Fish Monitoring

    | March 15, 2016

    Brook Trout in the hand.This spring, our research staff will be heading out to nearby rivers to begin a fish-monitoring project and you can get involved.

    We're collaborating with the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) to generate up-to-date population information on species with the greatest conservation need in coastal Maine. DMR staff have identified potential spawning habitat for diadromous species such as alewife, rainbow smelt, and brook trout in the Merriland River, Mousam River, and Little River (Biddeford). Now we’re off too see if these species are indeed using these habitats.

  • Clearing a Way for Aquatic Species

    | August 18, 2015

    Rattling Bridge Stream BarrierThis summer, in our fifth year working with our partners to improve aquatic habitats in Branch Brook, we took on a Herculean task: Remove a four-foot-long wall of large granite blocks, trapped sticks, and sediment from the brook, restoring access to a seven-mile network of stream habitat for native brook trout and a host of other aquatic organisms.

    Erosion had caused stones from old bridge abutments to fall into the brook, creating a barrier and raising the upstream water level by several feet. But getting heavy equipment to the site was impractical. How would we maneuver the massive chunks of granite?