National Fisherman


BENTON – Alewives are on pace for a record run in Benton, whose residents will celebrate their relationship with the migratory fish Saturday during the second Benton Alewife Festival.

Selectman Antoine Morin, the festival's organizer, said this year's run is significant because most of the spawning fish hatched from eggs laid in 2009, when the state restored Benton's traditional harvesting rights.

"It's kind of like Nemo," Morin said, referring to the animated movie in which a fish makes an extended journey to rejoin his father. "They've returned home."

For the first three years of their lives, the fish tend to remain at sea. They return to the place of their birth to spawn when they are four years old.

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The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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