Long Island Migratory Fish Week
April 18 - 22, 2022
L.I. Migratory Fish Week
Celebrating the amazing diadromous fish that visit Long Island’s estuaries and streams, as well as the local efforts to restore their habitat.
We are excited to be celebrating Long Island Migratory Fish Week to highlight amazing diadromous fish that call Long Island home (at least part of the time).
Migratory fish, or more specifically “diadromous fish,” can be considered the marathon runners of the fish world! These amazing species travel hundreds, even thousands of miles in the course of their life-cycles, which are split between fresh and saltwater. Where most of the world’s fish live exclusively in either fresh or salt water (and would die if they were moved to the other), diadromous fish effortlessly move between the two habitats. The word diadromous come from the Greek “dia,” which means “through” and the root “dromous,” which means “running.”
Diadromous fish play a vital role in coastal ecosystems. Their movement from salt to fresh water is essential in transferring ocean-derived energy into estuarine, freshwater, and upland habitats. In providing sustenance—like eggs, juveniles, and/or adults—for countless other species, they literally help to drive coastal and upstream food webs.
Additional LI Migratory Fish Week Highlights
Long Island Migratory Fish Week Events
Bellmore Creek Fish Lift – 3 to 4 pm
Join Seatuck Environmental Association and our partners as we attempt to move river herring from the spillway into upstream habitat. We’ll also chat about the social and ecological history of the site, as well as our efforts to install fish passage at Mill Pond, Bellmore Creek.
Alewife Creek Walk – 10 – 11:30am
Join Peconic Baykeeper and the Peconic Estuary Partnership as we search for alewives in Southampton’s Alewife Creek. Along the way, we will learn about the history of these threatened and ecologically important fish, current monitoring efforts, and restoration efforts being made to protect their future on Long Island. This will also be a great opportunity to see osprey, herons, and egrets
so bring binoculars!
Email Valerie Virgona at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register, while spots are available.
West Brook Phrag Pull – 9am – 12:00 pm
Join Seatuck Environmental Associaton as we pull and manage the invasive plant, Phragmites. The phrag pull will help prevent the plant from taking hold at West Brook, and encourage the growth of valuable natives as this stream habitat continues to evolve!
Beaver Lake Fish Ladder Instagram Live – 11:00am
Join Long Island Sound Study, NY Department of Environmental Conservation, and NY Sea Grant as they provide a live tour of the Beaver Lake Fish Ladder at Mill Neck!