Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Alewife Restoration in the Bagaduce Watershed

Coastal Conversations show: May 24, 2019
WERU 89.9 in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor
Host: Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant

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Spring in Maine is alewife season, when the light and temperature are just right to trigger alewives and other sea run fish to leave the ocean and head up into streams and ponds to spawn. In the last few years, hundreds of volunteers and community groups up and down the coast have worked hard to remove dams and install fish passages to help the alewives complete their annual migration.

This is Natalie Springuel, from the University of Maine Sea Grant, host of Coastal Conversations. Our next program is all about alewife restoration in the Bagaduce River watershed where a series of newly installed and proposed fishways are helping alewives return to their spawning grounds. This is a story of renewal and we’ll be joined in the studio by some of the folks who are making it all happen, including: Bailey Bowden, co-founder of the Bagaduce River Alewife Committee, Mike Thalhauser from Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, and Ciona Ulbrich from Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

As always, your insights, experience, and questions are welcome as part of the conversation. So make a note to tune in Friday morning, May 24, from 10 to 11 AM, when this month’s Coastal Conversation is about Alewife restoration in the Bagaduce river watershed. Only on WERU community radio, 89.9 FM in Blue Hill and online at

Only on WERU community radio, 89.9 FM in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor, and online at


Bailey Bowden from the Town of Penobscot, fisheries activist and co-founder of the Bagaduce River Alewife Committee – a group of citizens from three river towns working to restore fish passage within their watershed.

Mike Thalhauser, Fisheries Biologist at the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries in Stonington – facilitating and supporting the Bagaduce River Alewife Committee as part of their efforts to support co-managed fisheries at the right scale.

Ciona Ulbrich, Senior Project Manager at Maine Coast Heritage Trust. In close partnership with Bailey, Mike and others, Ciona has served as point person in pulling together the funding, collaboration, engineering and construction of the set of fishway projects that together will restore passage throughout the Bagaduce River watershed.

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