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To engage community members of the Hudson River Estuary in River Herring monitoring to provide data on the presence and absence of River Herring in tributaries, the location of key spawning habitats, and insight into environmental and seasonal patterns.
River herring are anadromous - they spend most their life in the ocean and come into estuaries to spawn. They include two species - alewife and blueback herring - which deposit eggs in freshwater streams in springtime. The recent decline of river herring stocks on the East Coast, including the Hudson River, has raised concerns, and state biologists are seeking low cost ways to study them.DEC launched the program in 2008 with great success. Over the past two monitoring seasons 169 volunteers collected data on eleven Hudson river tributaries. The hard work of volunteers provided the DEC with invaluable data on the presence and absence of river herring in the Hudson estuary, the location of key spawning habitats, and insight into environmental and seasonal patterns.
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