At the end of January, three different bills were proposed in the state legislature. All have different timelines, but the same objective: allowing free passage of alewives (also called gaspereau) into the upper reaches of the St. Croix River. The blockage of fishways to the alewife is a long-standing economic, environmental and cultural concern.
The St. Croix International Waterway Commission is heartened to see discussion on this issue in the Maine legislature. We hope to see progress that allows alewives back into their traditional homes, but at the same time wish for that passage to be scientifically monitored and recorded to protect the economy, concerns and livelihood of local residents. This issue is not a simple conservation issue, but a complex one dealing with passionate people, their ways of life, culture, and the environment. The Commission encourages bipartisan, open, and constructive dialogue from all those concerned about this issue.