Teach a man to fish...
After several years and thousands of hours of volunteer work, Bailey Bowden conducts Penobscot’s first commercial harvest for alewives at Wight Pond in nearly 50 years, on May 20.
1.5 bushels of alewives fit in this bin, which is used to measure how many fish each buyer receives. The fish pictured are destined for Isle au Haut where they will be used for flounder bait.
From left, Jeremiah Emerton and Bailey Bowden fill a fisherman’s crate with alewives at Wight Pond in Penobscot.
Jeremiah Emerton scoops alewives from an improvised fish trap into a holding crate at Wight pond in Penobscot.
The fish trap in Wight pond in Penobscot allows volunteers to hand count every alewife that enters the pond. Bailey Bowden waits nearly a week after the run begins before harvesting, to allow the large majority of fish to enter the pond and spawn.