Enrico Nardone of Seatuck will present on the diadromous and anadromous fish of Long Island, and how they are an essential part of the the food chain for seals, whales, river otters, gulls, bluefish, stripers, and other larger predators. Alewives, herring, and eels are migratory fish that live part time in fresh water, part time in salt water. For them and the ecosystem to thrive, we need to restore our streams, creeks and rivers, so that these fish can pass freely up and down stream once more. This would involve fish ladders and even dam removal.
Now is the time to take down all the ancient dams along our South Shore estuaries. The alewife, herring, sturgeon and eel, and all the fish that breed in fresh water and live in our oceans have to have the means to swim up river to spawn. For centuries, we have dammed or streams and rivers. We have the science, we have the road map. We just need the awareness and the popular will that comes with that.