ROCKPORT — Georges River Trout Unlimited (GRTU) welcomes Nate Gray, biologist with Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), for a talk on alewives, April 8.
Gray will discuss the ecological role of river herring in Maine and will provide an update on alewife restoration projects throughout Maine and within the Midcoast region.
Alewives are a keystone that many birds and river organisms rely on, including recreational species such as striped bass, brown trout and other salmonids, according to GRTU, in a news release. They have also played a longstanding role in human food security. Alewife restoration has been very successful in Maine, with immediate results and exponential increases of returning alewives.
Trout Unlimited is a nonprofit organization with a mission dedicated to conserve, protect and restore North America's cold water fisheries and their watersheds.
The GRTU meeting, April 8, will be held in the upstairs mezzanine at Flatbread Company, in Rockport.
The meeting will start at 6 p.m. with an informal gathering for those who wish to converse and enjoy a casual meal.
The featured presentation begins at 7 p.m.
GRTU conducts a raffle directly following the speaker.
Membership is open to all, and the Georges River chapter welcomes individuals from Midcoast and Downeast Maine.
Meetings are free and open to the public.
Visit GRTU on Facebook, or online at www.georgesrivertu.org.