Herring Count Daily Log Forms:
The Jones River Herring Count is still on! To ensure the safety and peace of mind of our volunteers as the COVID-19 crisis continues, we have made some changes to our fish counting procedures:
- We will be using online forms this year to log counting data instead of a physical log book. You will need to bring your own notebook or device to record your findings on-site. Please take note of the required entry fields on the log forms linked above.
- When logging data online, please ensure you select the correct form for the site you’ve counted at. It’s crucial that we have daily results to monitor counting needs, so please also be sure to log your findings on the same day you’ve counted.
- As in-person meetings are not currently possible, we have put together this virtual training session for volunteers fish counters →
- Fish counting can and should be a solitary activity at this time. We encourage our volunteers to get outside and do a count whenever you can spare the time, with respect to social distancing needs if you happen to run into other counters on-site. We remind you that it would be extremely helpful if everyone could sign up for designated time slots ahead of time to avoid any overlap:
It is time for river herring to make their annual excursion up the Jones River to spawn, and with Silver Lake now accessible and the Elm Street dam removed, we are excited to see just how many fish are running this year.
Of course, the removal of the Elm Street dam and its fish ladder have necessitated some changes to our counting procedure. We will now be conducting fish counts at three sites in the Jones River; Soules Pond – which is accessible from Elm Street, Bryant Mill which is accessible from Sylvia Place Road, and the Brockton Dam at Forge Pond downstream of Silver Lake, which is accessible from Lake Street, across from the Silver Lake Regional High School athletic fields.
Tripling our counting locations from previous years will help give us a better idea about where herring are traveling in the river, but it also creates an even greater demand for volunteers to conduct those counts.
River herring are important to our ecosystem, and it is partially due to the great data collected through our annual herring counts that we are able to make the case for rehabilitation projects like the Wapping Road and Elm Street dam removals. Thank you to our past, present and future volunteers. We hope to see you out there!