2018 MYSTIC RIVER HERRING RUN AND PADDLE

Over 300 racers attended the Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle on May 19.  A special thanks to Paddle Boston, Bike to the Sea, Gentle Giant Rowing Club, the Mystic River Watershed Policy Committee, artist Eric Clement, race photographer David Mussina and all the volunteers who made the day go smoothly! Thank you also to all our 2018 sponsors! SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR - May 18, 2019.

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2018 Race photos below. Please check back for Paddling photos.

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Photo Credits: David Mussina

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Did you know herring is a type of fish?

There are two types of herring in the Mystic River Watershed: Alewife Herring (Alosa pseudoharengus) and Blueback Herring (Alosa aestivalis). Herring spend their lives in the ocean except when they swim upstream to lay their eggs, or spawn, in rivers such as the Mystic River. The Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle celebrates the return of this anadromous species to the Mystic River each spring. In the past, millions of herring swam through the Mystic, but their numbers have dropped considerably due to offshore fishing, pollution and the building of dams on the river.  But no matter what hurdles they face, the fish keep returning year after year.  For the past 16 years, local residents have been running along the banks and paddling up the river to show their support of the river and the tenacious herring and alewives that call it home. MyRWA also runs a Herring Monitoring Program that counts the returning herring each spring.