Fish Ladder at Oliver Mills Park

 
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These ruins near Middleboro, Massachusetts, date back to the 1600s when Mr Oliver operated a smithy from this site. Many years later, shovels were manufactured from this mill. Abandoned and left to fall into ruins, the state eventually gave it new life. Herring run up these waters to spawn, but their numbers are seriously dwindling. The state has now decreed that this site is off limits to fishermen while the herring are heading upriver. A fish ladder has been dreated to help the fish reach their spawning grounds.

It's quite a site to see - and the migration has only just started. We're working close by at the moment and can tell when there's an increase in the fish heading upstream by the amount of seagulls noisily seeking easy meals.

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Fish Ladder High Water

Nancy Chadbourne - Apr 19, 2017 08:28 AM EDT
Water level and current are higher than I have ever seen. Most herring approach the ladder, then turn left, to pool in a big group, away from the current. Very few of them make it to the top of the ladder. What happens to the herring who are not able to make it? nchad2@verizon.net
TravlynWomyn - Apr 18, 2008 05:44 PM EDT
Thank you, Jas. Once the summer colors are in full leaf it will be impossible to see this park from the main road. I'll only be here a few more days and won't get near the images I would like to capture. Vicki
Jas - Apr 18, 2008 03:10 PM EDT
Vicky, I love all the rich colours and textures in this photo'! The meandering stream, leads the eye right through the image; it's beautiful! :)
TravlynWomyn - Apr 17, 2008 08:58 PM EDT
Thank you all for your comments. It's a popular spot for picnics and watching the herring leap up the ladders at this time of year. Vicki
lorraine - Apr 17, 2008 03:59 PM EDT
What a lovely place to visit, looks so peaceful, beautiful capture.
chriss35 - Apr 17, 2008 01:58 PM EDT
A very nice image lovely colours and descriptionChriss:)
A.Lovely - Apr 17, 2008 11:38 AM EDT
What an interesting and well captured photograph.

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