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Scenic Hudson: Volunteer Herring and Eel Monitoring

Main Project Information
Goal Help biologists learn why herring and eels are declining.
Task Monitor creek to see when and when spawning runs occur.
Where Ulster New York Ulster United States

The Hudson River Estuary Program and Scenic Hudson are working with citizen scientists to monitor herring and American eel in Ulster County's Black Creek Preserve.

Herring volunteers will observe the creek to see if, where, and when spawning runs occur. Those interested in eels will use nets and trap devices to catch juvenile glass eels, which are counted, weighed, and released unharmed.

Data may help biologists discover why populations of these important fish are declining.

How to Join

Contact Scenic Hudson Parks Event Coordinator Anthony Coneski:, 845-473-4440 x273

Required Gear

Nets and trap devices are provided.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike
Project Updated 04/21/2017