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Alewives Will Help Smallmouth Bass

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Letting alewives up the St. Croix River will not hurt smallmouth bass, says Maine’s Commissioner of Marine Resources Patrick Keliher. “No, except getting fatter,” he said in a telephone interview Thursday, meaning that the smallmouth bass introduced to the St. Croix in 1877 feed on the native anadromous alewife – also called river herring and gaspereau.

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