New smelt study will help record once-rich Maine resource

BY DEIRDRE FLEMINGSTAFF WRITER

Biologists are recruiting citizen scientist volunteers to locate and count spawning smelt.

The entire Maine coast once came alive with smelt runs as millions of silvery fish left the ocean each spring and raced up more than 300 rivers to spawn. The small, skinny, translucent fish were pursued by throngs of fishermen, both for recreational pleasure and commercial bait, the latter in such abundance it was sold and shipped to dealers in Boston. <Read More>

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