Volunteers Needed To Help Clean Up Weymouth's Herring Run

Female volunteer collecting litter thrown in the park

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WEYMOUTH (WBZNewsRadio) - Weymouth Herring Run Warden George Loring said volunteers are needed this weekend, April 9th, to help remove debris from a fish channel extending from the Back River through Jackson Square to Whitman's Pond. He's hoping to get the channel cleared in time for migration season.

"The debris and stuff clogs the river, making it almost impassible at points," Loring said "we used to pull out washing machines, car engines, car batteries."

The volunteer effort is gathering Saturday, April 9th at 8 a.m. in lower Jackson Square's Herring Run Park, there they'll receive cleanup instructions from the wardens. The annual cleanup attracts anywhere from 80-to-100 volunteers, but because of Covid-19, the event has been on hiatus.

Volunteers in previous years have included local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Massachusetts Bass Federation members, high school students, community groups, and local residents.

According to the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, river herring migrate to Whitman's to mate and lay eggs before returning to the sea a few months later. These fish are considered essential as they play an integral part of the marine ecosystem, providing food for other marine species, like cod.

WBZ's Jim MacKay (@JimMackayOnAir) reports

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