The Alewives Tale: The Life History and Ecology of River Herring in the Northeast (Paperback)Barbara Brennessel (author)
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The Alewives' Tale describes the plight of alewives and blueback herring, two fish species that have similar life histories and are difficult to distinguish by sight. Collectively referred to as river herring, they have been economically important since colonial times as food, fertilizer, and bait. In recent years they have attracted much attention from environmentalists, especially as attempts are being made, on and beyond Cape Cod, to restore the rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, and estuaries that are crucial for their reproduction and survival.
Brennessel provides an overview of the biology of the fish-from fertilized eggs to large schools of adults that migrate in the Atlantic Ocean-while describing the habitats at different stages of their life history. She explores the causes of the dramatic decline of river herring since the mid-twentieth century and the various efforts to restore these iconic fish to the historic populations that treated many onlookers to spectacular inland migrations each spring.
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
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