Jones River Herring Count 2023 – Training & Instructions

Sign up to count:

Signup: Forge Pond   Signup: Soules Pond

Are you ready for some fishy fun? Join the Jones River Watershed Association for our 18th annual herring count starting April 1st through May 31st. You can help monitor the amazing migration of river herring as they swim upstream to spawn.

Counting is easy. All you need is 10 minutes of your time at a ladder between 7am to 7pm. We have to cover nine counts, during 3 time slots every day. You can certainly sign up for as many as you like, they just cannot be one right after the other—that spoils the data collection method. You can choose from two counting locations: the Soules Pond fish ladder off Elm Street and Forge Pond fish ladder off Lake Street.

By counting herring, you are helping to collect valuable data that will inform conservation efforts and improve the health of our watershed, and provide important info to fishery managers in the region. You will also get to enjoy the beauty of nature and witness one of nature’s wonders. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference and help your local ecosystem! Sign up today and spread the word to your friends and family. Let’s make this year’s herring count a success!

In-person training will also be available at Jones River Landing for those who are interested, this Saturday, April 1st at 1PM. If you have any additional questions please feel free to email