2019 Massachusetts River Herring Counts

Spring has sprung and so have our local river herring runs! Check back here every week for updates on the spring counts at the seven locations listed below.

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2019 River Herring Counts

Location River Herring Count (as of 5/24/2019) 2018 Total Count
Acushnet 14,895 6,354
Essex 9,100* 28,260
Herring Brook Pembroke 482,634 348,634
Herring River Harwich 1,099,030 864,748
Monument River 500,741 316,618
Stony Brook 330,487 131,851
Weymouth-Back River 285,000 333,209

*Concluded for the season

River herring counts are primarily alewife.

These counts are from DMF operated electronic fish counters. Counts from video and visual estimates will be available later in 2019. 



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Last updated: May 20, 2019