Pembroke: Herring successfully out to sea

No town around the area celebrates the lowly herring as much as Pembroke. It has the largest migration up and run down the region’s largest river, the North River. It throws an annual herring celebration every spring in the town’s herring park. Thursday night, Pembroke’s Herring Fishery Committee met to review this fall’s run and prepare for the spring migration.

Most if not all juveniles made the run downstream to the North River and the inshore waters of Cape Cod Bay where they will live for three years. As anadromous fish, they will leave their salt water habitat and return to the fresh waters of Pembroke to spawn a new generation. The next task of the herring committee and its volunteers is to clear a path for them.

 

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.