Herring populations are declining in coastal streams on the South Shore. This is a problem because herring are a source of food for striped bass, bluefish, osprey, herons and other coastal species. Collaborating with MassBays National Estuary Program, NSRWA volunteers study the health of our river herring populations. By monitoring fish passage, our volunteers can help river herring swim freely and flourish.

If you want to join your friends and neighbors as a river herring volunteer, here’s what you need to know:

• Counting takes place from the end of March through the end of May.
• Counting takes place between 7 am and 7 pm.
• Counting is done 7 days a week, 6 to 9 times a day, at multiple different locations.

Counting takes about 10 minutes, ideally several times a week, during a specific time period, at one of these sites:

• South River at Veteran’s Memorial Park fish ladder in Marshfield
• First Herring Brook at the Old Oaken Bucket fish ladder in Scituate
• Herring Brook at Upper Mill Pond fish ladder in Pembroke
• Third Herring Brook at Tiffany Road (former Tack Factory Dam) and River Street/Broadway
• Bound Brook at Mordecai Lincoln Road in North Scituate

New River Herring volunteers must attend a one-time mandatory training session at the NSRWA office (214 South Street, Norwell)

To get involved (even if you don’t need training this year) please sign up here.
Please register for training at least 24 hours in advance.
Click here to download NSRWA herring data sheet.

“It’s about more than just me going fishing or my friends going fishing ad catching a few trout. It’s about the whole interconnected spiderweb of life that runs down to the ocean.”
~ Warren Winders, Trout Unlimited member