20 Years of Fisheries Restoration on Plymouth Town Brook - Walking Tour
The National Marine Fisheries Service has been working cooperatively with the Town of Plymouth and many other
project partners since 1997 to restore migratory fish passage and the aquatic habitat of Town Brook. This walking
tour will include 4 completed dam removal projects, 2 fish ladders as well as special attention to the upcoming
removal of Holmes Dam which will take place in the summer of 2018.
Eric Hutchins, a fisheries restoration biologist with the NOAA Restoration Center has spent over 25 years working to
restore aquatic habitats necessary to support marine fisheries in the Gulf of Maine region. His work has included
supporting dozens of dam removals, marsh restoration, fish ladders and local stewardship projects. During this
demonstration, Eric will present the life cycle and ecological role of American eels, alewife, blueback herring,
and rainbow smelt. Included in this event are American eels and river herring, live and up close!